Our 11th anniversary!

We probably should have noticed this last year, but until 2020 we were always pretty busy around this time of year….

So now it’s the 11th anniversary of our first public performances!

The first two performances happened back to back. We performed at a Pitt departmental event, Celebration of World Music, on Saturday December 5. On Sunday the 6th we joined with another taiko group from the region to represent the Japanese Classroom at the Nationality Rooms Open House.

Performing "Renshuu"
Playing Renshuu (練習)!

The Open House performance was our first time on real drums!

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Nationality Rooms Open House

More photos on our Flickr page:


Nationality Rooms Open House

This year’s this year’s Pitt Nationality Rooms Open House is online! Check out globalhub.pitt.edu/holiday-open-house between December 6 and December 18 to see all the presentations.

Thanks to the Japanese Classroom Committee for inviting us to participate!

December 6 Update

The open house content is live now! New videos will be released every day through the 18th.

The Japanese Nationality Room’s videos will premiere on these days:

After December 18 all of the videos will be available to view through the end of December.

Carnegie Mellon JSA Matsuri 4/23

Pittsburgh Taiko will be joining Carnegie Mellon University’s Japanese Student Association for their annual festival on Tuesday afternoon from 3 to 8.

Have some takoyaki and crepes, and listen to a variety of performers! Details here: https://cmujsa.com/matsuri/booths/ 

We perform at 6:00.

The event is a fundraiser for Red Feather Community Chest, a disaster relief organization in Japan. https://cmujsa.com/matsuri/cause/ 

More about the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/268303537457369/

Sakura Taiko Takeover 2019

We are hard at work getting ready for our performance in Washington DC on Sunday, March 31 at the National Cherry Blossom Festival!

Sakura Taiko Takeover 2018
(photo: Eric Gardner)

We were lucky enough to join some of our friends from the taiko community last year at this event, and we’re excited to have another opportunity. (Thanks to Mark H Rooney, Miyako Taiko, and all the other local organizers!)

If you’re near DC, or need an excuse to go, please join us for a great day of taiko! Details here: https://www.markhrooney.com/event/2019-sakura-taiko-fest/

Level 2 class registering now

We had a great beginner session in January, and we want to keep it going with a level 2 class starting March 10!

The class will run four Sundays, March 10, 17, and 24, then finish up on April 7. Classes are 1:30-3 pm in our studio, on the second floor at 2 North Balph St. in Bellevue.

The class is open to students who have taken a previous beginner class or have taiko experience.

Register at the JASP website here – http://japansocietypa.org/event-3267477

The official website of Pittsburgh Taiko