Links and friends of St. Louis Osuwa Taiko
Osuwa Taiko is the group Oguchi-sensei, the man who started modern taiko, founded. Oguchi-sensei is also responsible for starting St. Louis Osuwa Taiko in 1986.
Kodo is the world's premier taiko group. One of their former members, Kaoru Watanabe, is a St. Louis native and got his start in taiko with St. Louis Osuwa Taiko! Because of that we're sometimes lucky enough to hang with Kodo when they're in (or near) town.
Kaoru Watanabe is a former St.Louis Osuwa Taiko member who has gone on to great things. A former member of Kodo, Kaoru is a modern day taiko master who teaches and performs all over the world.
You can debate whether the On Ensemble plays taiko or the next generation of what taiko is to become. But whatever they play, they're amazing, and shoudln't be missed if you get a chance. Shoji Kameda (also with Taiko Project) is the one who taught us Omiyage.
For a pure taiko experience, there's no group better to watch than Taikoproject.
Other Taiko Links
Okaya Taiko festival is a giant taiko festival in Okaya Japan. We had the honor of playing there in 2009 and hope to be back in 2014.
There are many places to get taiko information, including Discover Nikkei's Taiko Database,
St. Louis Links
St. Louis Japan America Society was founded to study and promote a better understanding by the people of the United States of America and the people of Japan of the art, literature and cultural ideals, aspirations and development of each nation.
Missouri Botanical Garden, founded in 1859, is the nation's oldest botanical garden in continuous operation and a National Historic Landmark. Home to the biggest Japanese festival in North America, we are delighted to play concerts here every year.
St. Louis Japanese Language School is the best place to learn japanese in St.Louis.
Thanks and Credits
We owe many thanks to Terry Good, Sue Greenberg, and the Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts for selflessly (and feelessly) helping us to incorporate as a 501(c)(3) organization.
Some of our equipment comes from Suwa Hibiki Taiko.
Some of our equipment comes from Miyamoto Unosuke Taiko.