Volunteer Opportunities with the DashiThe 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 FarewellCommencements 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 MayMay 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 MusicWe 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 FebruaryJoin 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 TaikoversariesIn 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 MusicIn 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'moresPerforming 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.