Odaiko New England

Taiko T-shirts

Photo courtesy of Audrey Bergeron-Morin

If you have been playing taiko for any length of time, chances are that you have collected at least a few taiko t-shirts! I cleaned my closet the other day to find that I have exactly 33 taiko t-shirts…enough to fill two drawers. I counted my collection and […]

The Quest for Hearing Protection: Earasers

One of the most important things to do, as a musician, is to protect your hearing. Taiko is definitely no exception, given how loud the drums can be, especially in a room with over 30 drummers, but it’s also important to be able to hear the music so that we can sound our best. The […]

Taiko, Baby! or Taiko Baby? (part 1 of 2)

For me, 2011 was a year of change. The biggest and most obvious being my transformation from taiko obsessed landscape designer to taiko obsessed landscape designer who is also a mother. […]


Stage actors always fascinated me. As a shy person I admired and envied them: in front of a live audience they took on a new personality and pretended to be someone else: brave, silly, nasty, pathetic, noble, or tragic. How did they get the courage to do that?

Then I became a performing taiko drummer. […]

Thank you for your support!

We want to send a big thank you to all the people who have supported ONE through donations, volunteering, attending concerts and workshops, buying merchandise and all the other ways I’m forgetting to mention right now. It takes a lot of resources to keep an organization like ONE running. Last year we asked for donations […]

An Experiment in Mass Construction

Whether perceived or real, pretty much every taiko group has an equipment shortage. (Who doesn’t want more dums?) Taiko are expensive. Maybe you need more chus, odaiko, or shime. Groups tend to supplement their stock of drums by building practice drums out of PVC, cardboard, tires, tape, trash cans, etc… However, playing drums with heads […]

2011 Spring Thunder Festival

On Saturday, May 14, 2011 Odaiko New England hosted our annual Spring Thunder Festival at Concord-Carlisle High School in Concord, MA. The Spring Thunder Festival is a Showcase/Recital that performs two primary functions: it allows students who have been learning songs a chance to perform in public and it brings together local groups to meet […]

DIY Tabi Socks

Step 1: Cut a notch for your big toe.


Simple Plans for Simple Pleasure

It went down sort of like this. During a spare moment at the dojo, Cat said something like, “Before the summer’s over, I really want to swim at Walden Pond.” Diane sighed, “Oh! That sounds good. I want to go, too.” At that point, Beth made it happen. Last Friday, nine of us and three […]

Taiko Whirlwind, or What happend to April, May, and June?

Spring is the busy season for Odaiko New England. It’s the time of year when everyone wants to have taiko at their outdoor festivals. It’s also my personal busy season… I know I’m not the only taiko player to have a difficult time balancing work, life, and taiko, so I imagine my spring will sound familiar to a lot of folks out there. It all started in April, right after we got our new ONE jackets and other gear… […]