Taikokoro Inc presents

TaikoIN’ with Eri Uchida

20th Aug 2020 - 2 Sep 2020
Introduction into Eri's world of taiko movement and philosophy

Online workshop series
TaikoIN Event Details

Don’t miss this special opportunity of a 4-part workshop series led by Eri Uchida. 

Eri was a performing member of Kodo for 10 years, leaving in 2019. She also oversaw training activities for incoming Kodo apprentices and facilitated workshops for visitors from within and outside of Japan. After departing Kodo, Eri joined forces with Sydney Shiroyama, an Occupational Therapist, and together they created the concept of TaikoIN’.

Through TaikoIN’, Eri aims to share the skills and philosophies she has learned from her taiko career with hopes of expanding the possibilities of taiko and its community.

Ready to do it?  Click the button below and fill out the registration form!

Workshop Descriptions

Eri’s TaikoIN’ WS series will consist of 4 interconnecting sessions.  Eri will lead us in mindfulness practice to achieve awareness of our bodies and to teach our body to resonate internally and with others when you play Taiko.   The workshops aim to provide you with techniques for maximizing physical and mental relaxation, which helps promote body efficiency for both playing taiko and conducting everyday activities whether at home, work, or recreation.  The workshops will be conducted in English by ZOOM. The first workshop is TaikoIN’s introduction to Body Awareness whilst the following sessions will be customised based on your comments, experiences and questions.   The final session will bring it all together.  Your active participation will be extremely worthwhile in this online workshop with Eri. After each session, there will also be an opportunity to chat with Eri for Q&A, as well as meet other participants.  During the workshop series we will use Facebook as a supplementary tool for participants to communicate with Eri.  At the end of each 60-min session Eri will give us homework. Please take a moment to face yourself and then share your answers with other participants on the group Facebook page.   If you are not on Facebook, we will provide an alternative means of staying connected, such as emails or asking questions directly to Eri during the sessions.

Session Schedule

Introduction to “Body Awareness” 20th August, Thurs
2 Custom session, created by WS participants and Eri (1) 24th August, Mon
Custom session, created by WS participants and Eri (2)  30th August, Sun
4 Wrap up  2nd Sept, Weds
All sessions are one hour in duration + Q&A starting at:    8:00PM (Melbourne Time)    7:00PM (Japan Time)    Please check your local time    Please enter 10 mins before the session starts every time. Please note: To have the full experience of Eri’s teachings, please take the entire series as each session builds upon each other. If you cannot attend every date, we will send a link to the video recording after every session for viewing in your own time.  The video will be available only to participants for a limited time, perhaps until the next session.  The link to the closed FaceBook page will be included with your registration confirmation. After each session you are required to leave comments, questions and homework from Eri on this closed FB page(or emails).

What do I need?

  • Space to move and lie down, especially to spread your arms out to the side and above
  • Comfortable clothes that you can move and stretch in.
  • A device to connect to Zoom (link provided to participants 1 day before each session
  • Optional pen and paper if you’d like to take notes!
  • Water (stay hydrated).
  • For specific sessions:
    • Session 1: Introduction:  Pillow/cushion
      We will also be doing some massage so please be barefoot or with socks.
      A tennis ball will be helpful for foot massage if not using your hands.
      Bachi/drumsticks (the lightest pair you have. If you don’t have bachi, no problem!)
  • Sessions 2-4: we’ll advise you 1 day before WS

Series Fee 

Per person Taikokoro Member A$45
(Ichiban, Niban, Rinjin & Gakkusei)  Non-Member A$60 Not a member, and want to be?  View the benefits and sign up here

Register here!

*Please note that the workshop will be recorded and photographed and parts may be used in our socials  for promotion purposes. If you do not want to be seen, please let us know and we will edit your face out of the recorded footage. 

About Eri Uchida

Originally from Aichi Prefecture, Japan, Eri Uchida was deeply touched by her local taiko community where she grew up – so much so that while studying abroad in Canada during high school, she founded her own taiko group. To further her studies, Eri moved to Sado Island to join the KODO Apprenticeship Program in 2007 and became a performing member for KODO in 2009. Since then, she has traveled all over the world performing with the troupe, directing school presentations, as well as teaching workshops. Eri also produced KODO’s first overseas interactive concert. In addition, Eri oversaw the day-to-day workings of the KODO Apprenticeship Program, helping to train and welcome new KODO member prospects. 

In 2018, she organized “Roots of KODO,” a program where taiko players from outside of Japan got to fully immerse and experience the KODO apprenticeship conditions on a deeper level and experience the community and the rich culture of Sado Island.  She left KODO in May 2019 in pursuit of sharing the skills and philosophies she had gained through taiko with hopes of expanding the limitless possibilities of taiko and its community. After sharing ideas about her taiko philosophy and approaches to workshops with Sydney Shiroyama, they created the concept of TaikoIN’. (https://www.taiko-in.com/). Through TaikoIN’, Eri plans to share the skills and philosophies she has learned from her taiko career with hopes of expanding the possibilities of taiko and its community.

Australian Supporter Donation to Kodo - Update

Photo: Ethan Brooke

Hello Taiko friends,

I hope you are still staying safe and well during this stressful and uncertain time.

Thank you very much for your warm contributions to KODO by making donations either directly, through this Australian collection or by purchasing goods at KODO’s online shop. I have spoken to many people and know that many contributed in whatever way they could. We are all Australian KODO supporters! Our collection period finished on 26 April and I’d now like to update all the donators who left their email address with a summary of the responses. The Australian dollar collection raised just under $4,500 and this has been successfully sent to KODO from “Australian KODO Supporters.” I am hoping that KODO will confirm our contribution after Golden Week in Japan, around 6th May.

Australian KODO Supporters – Transfer Details
Donation Total: A$4,490 (308,437JPY)
Numbers of Contributors: 60

*305,827JPY to KODO. Rate for our transfer was 1AUD = 69.2059 JPY as at May 1st 2020 with a $33.20 transfer fee via TransferWise.
KODO will receive 305.827 JPY.

Messages for KODO
The message board impressively collected many beautiful words of support and encouragement. This will be sent to KODO along with the names of all contributors, even if you did not leave your message.

Lastly, KODO has announced that Earth Celebration will be held online this year (21-23 Aug.) We can enjoy their exciting programs and concert at home. Be sure to check out the details on their website https://earthcelebration.jp/en/ planned to be announced by early June.

Thank you very much again for your support to KODO.

PS. Taiko leaders, if you could forward this message to your students and friends, that would you
great help for us. Thank you very much for your great help.

Ayako Tsunazawa / Taikokoro Inc.

Kodo needs our help

Kodo Concert
© Photo by Takashi Okamoto.

We hope you and your loved ones have been well and safe in these uncertain times.  

During this challenging time we have just received news from Kodo that makes all taiko people in the world extremely upset. Kodo is now fighting for survival due to huge impacts from Covid-19 and they are asking people for emergency financial support to keep Kodo alive. Linked below is the official Kodo page that outlines their plea. 

Kodo and their principal performers have visited Australia many times but, as you all know, Kodo is so much more than their spectacular concerts.  Kodo is the backbone of what Taiko is around the world today and they tirelessly support and nurture Taiko enthusiasts through performance, teachings and boundless enthusiasm.  We will need Kodo more than ever when the world starts to find its new normal.

Thanks for your support of Taikokoro, we are almost a year old and what a big year it has been.  As you know Taikokoro was formed to exchange and develop connections between Japanese musicians, artists and local practitioners, Kodo has been very supportive of our activities as I know they have been with many other taiko groups in Australia.

After much consideration within the Taikokoro committee, Taikokoro has decided to use the resources of our non-profit organisation to coordinate support for Kodo from Australia. The idea is to create a central collection point for all financial contributions from Taiko people in Australia and to pass them on to Kodo in one international transaction.  The aim is to save money from excess FX transaction fees charged to individuals and to send as much to Kodo as possible. Our collective contributor name will be “Australian Kodo Supporters” to show that the collective support for Kodo in Australia is beyond individual taiko groups. 

We have set up a GroupTogether collection page for donations and messages of support. Their need for assistance is urgent so we would like to do it in a short time and send it to Kodo as soon as we close the donation period. Even small donations are much appreciated. Let’s put our love together to support Kodo.

Note: As Kodo is not an Australian organisation, donations are not tax deductible.
GroupTogether’s payment confirmation is not a Tax Invoice.
GroupTogether charges 1.5% on every transaction.
A list of contributors will be sent to Kodo. 
Taikokoro will not receive any revenue from the donation collection nor seek compensation for any expenses incurred.  
Donation collection will expire Sunday 26 April to send to Kodo.
Alternatively donations can be made directly to the Taikokoro bank account. Please contact me directly for details. 

Kodo has given us boundless joy of taiko through their concerts and events, such as their famous annual Earth Celebration on Sado Island, and workshops.  Also our dear taiko friend, Ami Akimoto (Wadaiko Rindo, Ichimadin and Australia Miyake Kai,) has been working at Kodo as a staff member since 2019. 

Without a doubt these are tough times too for our Australian taiko community, those of us who make money from gigs and classes have no income and many students and supporters are doing it hard. We understand.  Even small donations are much appreciated. Let’s put our love together now to support Kodo.

If you have any questions, please email me anytime:  AyakoTsunazawa@taikokoro.org
Thank you very much for your warm support.

Official Kodo request for support: 

Kodo concert
© Photo by Kodo. Used with permission.

Yosuke - Taiko Concert and Workshops 13th-16th Feb 2020

March 2020 update: Bento Beats Vol. 1 raised a total of $650 for the CFA Volunteer Association.  Thank you so much!

Yosuke Bento Beats Vol. 1

Mark the 13th – 16th February 2020 in your diary!

Yosuke – taiko master extraordinaire from Japan will be in Melbourne.

For more information, please visit our Trybooking Events:

Bento Beats Vol. 1 – “Taiko” Concert: https://www.trybooking.com/BHKIW

Yosuke Taiko and Chappa workshops: https://www.trybooking.com/BHSLQ


In 1999, Yosuke relocated to Sado Island, Niigata with his sights set on joining Japan’s renowned Kodo Taiko Performing Arts Ensemble.  After completing rigorous training at Kodo Apprentice Centre, he became a Kodo member in 2003.  On extensive tours throughout Japan and around the world with Kodo, Yosuke mainly appeared center-stage in physically demanding pieces.  He also featured in collaborations with esteemed artists ranging from worId-class orchestras and ballet companies to the Blue Man Group.  In 2013.  Yosuke was selected for the role of Susano’o in Kabuki luminary Tamasaburo Bando’s  “Amaterasu,” showcasing his acting and drumming prowess.  He decided to part ways with the Kodo ensemble in the fall of 2017 to explore his own channels of expression under the theme of “Ikiru – To live.” In 2018, Yosuke made his solo director-artist debut in Suzhou, China, with solo work “Taiko Honshoku” (Taiko True Colours).  Later that year in Japan, Yosuke presented another new self-directed production inspired by Buddhism: “ARAYASHIKI.”  The premiere took place at Shoshazan Engyo-ji temple, which was featured in “The Last Samurai”.  Thanks to media features and public interest, the performance was beyond a sellout success – over 100 standing tickets were sold at the door to meet demand. As a solo artist, Yosuke has garnered popularity in Japan and abroad as a performer in solo works, collaborations, and as a guest artist.  He is also a sought-after workshop leader, taiko team instructor, and composer. Yosuke has developed a unique educational catalogue centered on sympathetic resonance, which ranges from lectures and corporate training to school performances and workshops. Seeking the sound of life within each beat of the drum is Yosuke’s lifework.

Yosuke’s Website (Japanese): https://yosuke55.com/