Taikokoro Inc presents

Eri's Katsugi Journey

Mon 19th April and Thu 22nd April 2021
A TaikoIN' online workshop series presented by Eri Uchida
Eri Katsugi Title

Katsugi Okedo allows for the expression of a variety of free styles. However, it’s very important to grasp the basics first, in order to broaden your expression.  

What are the Okedo BASICS?

I believe that the basics establish the foundation for your expression. Okedo is not easy to teach and can feel a little difficult to learn at the beginning since it doesn't have a form. What’s important is not your taiko experience, it is your mind and humbleness. You need to know your body, or at least be curious about learning how to use your body naturally. Once you discover what is natural for you, then you have ‘your’ basics. By knowing yourself you can expand your Okedo expression, listen to others and incorporate their influences.

The purpose of this workshop is to explore this unique connection with the okedo and the various strokes and establish effective okedo fundamentals through body awareness. We will also try some drills and ideas to practice how to use your whole body to make a groove, and introducing natural body movements and striking techniques to hit both sides.

The basics are very important at any level and become the inspiration to deepen your expression.

The benefit of this 2 session online workshop is that we can really focus on our body instead of hitting Taiko right away which is actually quite important to be able to get better.

I’m looking forward to seeing you all!

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

Workshop Descriptions

Run over two sessions this workshop will cover:

  • Body Awareness
  • Finding the good balance with your Okedo -becoming one with Okedo-
  • Strokes for right and left hands and hitting both sides
  • How to use your whole body to play to make a groove
  • How to make a small groovy sound
  • Foundations of playing both sides

Taiko Experience:  All levels

Physical Intensity: Light to moderate

Note: There is no taiko playing required during the workshop


The workshops will be conducted in English by ZOOM.
Dates: Monday April 19 and Thursday April 22 2021
Time: 20:00-22:00 AEST
           19:00-21:00 JST
*Please check your local time
Note: Thursday’s workshop progresses on from Monday
These workshops will be recorded and the video made available for 4 weeks after the event.  If you are unable to make the above dates/times in person, you can sign up and receive the video only!

What do I need?

  • A device to connect to Zoom (link provided to participants 1 day before each session)
  • Pillow, chair, bachi, balance ball (if possible), katsugi okedo (or something katsugi okedo-like!)
  • Comfortable clothes that you can move and stretch in.
  • Space to move
  • Water (stay hydrated)
  • Optional pen and paper if you’d like to take notes!

Workshop Fee 

Per session, per person

Taikokoro Member A$15
(Ichiban, Niban, Rinjin & Gakkusei) 

Non-Member A$18

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.