Remembering Clare Kanoya, Welcoming Andrew and Spencer

This month, we lost a dear friend and supporter of the St. Louis taiko community to illness, and have said "goodbye" to others preparing for retirement, but we are also welcoming two new volunteers to the dashi organization. Read about these amazing people in our latest newsletter.

Volunteer Opportunities with the Dashi

The dashi - our parade float - is a fun and popular attraction at the annual Japanese Festival in Missouri Botanical Garden. Please consider volunteering to help us continue this tradition! Learn how you can help in our June newsletter.

Commencements Celebrations and a Farewell

Commencements are a time of celebration, but also sadness as we say goodbye. As we congratulate performing member Natsuki Kobayashi on her achievements, we also say goodbye as she prepares to return to Japan. Read about it in our latest newsletter.

Two Free Performances in May

May is Asian and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month, and we will be participating in two free performances in Forest Park. Check out our latest newsletter for performance details, plus learn about the popular spring song "Sakura, Sakura."

New Project Improves Learning New Music

We recently began a new project creating instructional videos of our music! Read about our experiences, plus learn about the song Kiriko Taiko and its inspiration, in our February newsletter,

Free Performance in February

Join us Sunday, February 24 for an afternoon of music, food, and crafts with the return of the international festival at Maryland Heights Community Center! Get information about the festival and other upcoming shows, plus learn about the playful song "Mikoshi," in our latest newsletter.

A Month of Taikoversaries

In December, we reminisce with seven members as they celebrate their anniversaries of joining St. Louis Osuwa Taiko. See what's changed over the years (and what hasn't!), plus read about the song Lion Chant by Shoji Kameda, in our latest newsletter.

Combining Eastern and Western Music

In November we were invited to perform with Columbia Chorale as they kicked off a milestone 40th season with a special Sounds of Japan performance. Read about the new composition we learned for the event, plus learn about our performance piece, Isami Goma / Tonbane - an Osuwa Daiko original - in our latest newsletter.

Taiko, Campfires and S'mores

Performing members Heather and Helena recently joined taiko players from all over the Midwest for a weekend retreat to learn a new piece composed by taiko great Shogo Yoshii. Read about their adventures, plus learn about the Ainu song "Yaisama," in our latest newsletter.

Thank you, SLOT Volunteers!

We've wrapped up two fantastic Japanese Festivals; we had such a great time but we couldn't do it without the help of all the volunteers who share their time and talents to make them a success! Learn about some of their efforts, plus learn about the song Yatai Bayashi, which we debuted at the festivals, in our latest newsletter.

"Top 15 Things St. Louisans Take for Granted"

We're honored to be called a "clear highlight" of the annual Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden as part of a new list of the "Top 15 Things St. Louisans Take for Granted" from examiner.com.

We love performing for thousands of fans at the festival every Labor Day weekend.

Read more here.

Watch Us Play in Video

Watch our performance video. You can also view the rest of our videos on the video page.

Book Show, Review Press Kit

We perform and give workshops at international festivals, concert halls, businesses, schools, universities, conventions, parades and fundraisers. If you or someone you know is interested in having us perform at a special event, find more information on our new press kit page and request a performance with our online form.

Like Us, Follow Us

Become a fan of St. Louis Osuwa Taiko on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Our CD

Our CD, Drive, is available for download at iTunesCD Baby and Amazon Music. You can also purchase it at select performances, along with our T-shirts, hachimaki (headbands), sensu (folding fans) and other goodies.


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