Tatsumaki Taiko's Newsletter

Newsletter #16 - Spring 2011


"Japan Relief" - Fundraising for Earthquake and Tsunami Relief

March 11, 2011 a devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami caused widespread destruction along the coast of Northern Japan. Since the disaster, the members of Tatsumaki Taiko have been active in organizing and participating in fundraising events for earthquake relief.

Sunday, April 3, 2011 Tatsumaki Taiko raised over $3,000 with the help of the owners of "The Berkeley Bowl West" by performing at their West Berkeley store. We wish to thank them for their support and offer of hosting our performance. We also want to thank The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) who gave us supplies and support. All proceeds from the event were donated to the JCCCNC's "Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund."

Please check our Calendar Page for performances and future fundraising events. Also, those who wish to donate to the JCCCNC's relief fund can do so from their web site: www.jcccnc.org


2011 Shimedaiko Making Workshop with Ray Nitta - Hosted by Tatsumaki Taiko

This July Ray Nitta, a professional woodworker, artist and taiko player from Kauai will teach a Shimedaiko making workshop. The workshop will be held at our studio - 725 Gilman Street, Berkeley, California. The date is Sunday, July 3, 2011 and the scheduled time is 11am to 5pm. The cost and required materials are still being worked out. The workshop is open to the public. Please check the "Newsletter" page or our Calendar Page for updates on Ray's Shimedaiko workshop.

2011 Taiko Making Workshop - Hosted by Tatsumaki Taiko

We are planning another taiko-making workshop for summer 2011. The workshop will be held at our studio - 725 Gilman Street, Berkeley, California. The date, time and cost will be announced soon. The workshop is open to the public. Please check the "Newsletter" page or our Calendar Page for updates on the workshop schedule.

Joe Bowes leading the skinning demonstration at our 2004 taiko-making workshop

The workshop will cover these topics:
- making the body from a wine barrel
- gluing techniques
- biscuit joints and other options for reinforcement
- sizes, and styles of taiko
- installing handles (kan)
- options on finishing the wood
- the problems in selecting a skin
- skinning preparations
- constructing a skinning rig
- tips on getting better results when skinning your taiko
- a “round table” discussion of any taiko participants have made

We will provide some printed materials on the subjects discussed. Participants will do several “hands on” exercises, such as gluing a body, and using a biscuit joiner. We will also do a skinning demonstration. Participants are encouraged to bring in taiko that they have made, or are about to make, so the group can discuss the construction of each taiko.

Please contact Tatsumaki Taiko (tatsumaki@email.com) for registration, and to be put on the email list for the workshop.

Photo Gallery ~ Past Taiko Making Workshops

Here are some pictures from some previous taiko making workshops. As you can see everyone had their hands full throughout the workshop - either gluing a barrel, making the "mimi" on a taiko skin, or cranking up the tension on the hides we stretched. And of course we are looking forward to doing it again this year.

I would also like to pass on some acknowledgments, because putting together our taiko-making workshop would not be possible without the help of many of our friends & family. Thank you Joe Bowes, Norma, Nelson (for that duct tape trick!), and Will for all your help and hard work! Arigatou gozaimasu.





Making a Taiko? Care to share your experience?

E-mail your "DIY" taiko photos to:


Mail your "DIY" taiko photos to us:

"Perfect Harmony"
2851 Shasta Rd.,
Berkeley, CA 94708


Taiko Class

Tatsumaki Taiko's Studio - 725 Gilman St. (studio "D"), Berkeley, California

Tatsumaki Taiko teaches weekly taiko classes at our studio located at 725 Gilman Street (near 4th St.), in Berkeley. Our classes meet on Sundays, we have open practice on Tuesdays nights (7pm to 9pm). The performing group also rehearses on Thursday nights (7pm to 9pm)

Sunday Schedule:
10am to 11:30am - Community Group (beginner)
11:30am to 1:30pm - Performing Group (advanced)

For more information about our class schedule and fees, please email us (tatsumaki@email.com), or call (510) 548-3508. Information about our class schedule can also be found on our Calendar Page.


Please check our Calendar Page for information about Tatsumaki Taiko's performance schedule. If you would like further information, or would like to schedule a performance, please contact us:

E-mail: tatsumaki@email.com

Phone: (510) 548-3508 (ask for Phil Pickering).

That's all the news that fits for Newsletter #16. As always, feel free to send us your questions and comments.

Email address for Tatsumaki Taiko - taiko classes and performances: tatsumaki@email.com.
Email address for Perfect Harmony - our taiko supply import company: taikousa@lmi.net

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