The Summer Taiko Institute (STI) is a different type of taiko experience.  Set over the course of 2 and a half days, STI participants spend time in a more immersive, smaller group environment.  STI has frequently been held in conjunction with the North American Taiko Conference, occurring either prior to or following NATC.


This year, TCA has the opportunity to present TWO Summer Taiko Institute programs, but want to be sure they will be well attended prior to taking on fiscal responsibility.  The threshold of success is rather slim with these offerings, and we would like to do our due diligence and ensure that we will not lose money by taking on these programs.

Please read through both offerings below and sign up, if you are willing to attend!  If we reach the break even number of signups for both events by April 18th, we will proceed with the registration process.  Likewise, if you are interested in attending but not able to commit at this time, sign up as a “Maybe”, and we’ll keep you on the interest list.

UPDATE – as of 4/13/2017, BOTH Summer Taiko Institute Programs have been approved for move forward!!  We’re still ironing out some details and should have updated forms in the next week or so.  In the meantime, please feel free to sign up on the forms in each page.


PRE- NATC:  Women and Taiko: Past, Present, and Future

August 8-10, San Diego, CA  Led and facilitated by Karen Young and Tiffany Tamaribuchi

This 2.5 day session will focus on looking at the role that women play in our community. Who are they? How have they contributed to the artform? How have they influenced and shaped our taiko culture? What are women currently doing and what can be done to make their expertise more widely known?


POST NATC: Edo Kotobuki Jishi (Japanese Shishimai of Tokyo)

August 14-16, San Diego, CA.  Instructor: Kyosuke Suzuki, Interpreter: Eien Hunter-Ishikawa

Shishi refers to a mythical lion-like creature. Mai is a more than just a dance. It’s a story-telling performance featuring deliberate and choreographed movements. This workshop will teach the music and dance of the Edo Kotobuki Jishi, or the shishimai from old Tokyo.   This is a rare opportunity to learn from one of the living masters of the shishimai, Kyosuke Suzuki.