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

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*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.