Taikokoro Inc coordinates regular practice sessions of traditional Japanese drumming styles including
Miyake Taiko, Hachijo Taiko and Wachi Taiko.
We regularly invite instructors to visit Australia in order to drill deeper into taiko technique.
Instructors will also pass on the traditional origins of their taiko style.

If you are interested in any of the styles listed below, please get in touch with us at

Taikokoro Inc - Miyake taiko workshop
© Photo: Toshi Ijuin

Miyake Taiko

Australia Miyake Kai

Miyake Taiko consists of a few simple and catchy rhythm patterns.  You can learn and enjoy playing it after only a couple of lessons.  This style is performed on a drum that is positioned “sideways” and on a low drum stand.  You will find that it is a fun team workout!

Miyake Taiko is formally known as “Miyake-jima Kamitsuki Mikoshi Daiko”.  It is a traditional Japanese drumming style which is now known throughout the world, primarily thanks to international concert tours by the taiko performing arts ensemble, “Kodo”.  The name “Miyake” comes from Miyake-jima, an island located about 180km south of Tokyo, where Miyake Taiko first originated.  

Australia Miyake Kai was formed as a group in Melbourne in 2012.  Our primary motivation is to enable people from different backgrounds to practice Miyake Taiko together.  At our practice sessions, all levels practice together.  We encourage each other and work towards individual goals such as stamina and form.  

Australia Miyake Kai is officially recognized by Miyake-jima Geino Doshi-kai in Japan (https://miyaketaiko.com/en/), together with sister practice groups in Singapore and the U.S.A..

  • Regular practices are held in Melbourne, Sydney and Cairns.
  • Practice schedules & details will be emailed to subscribers each month.
  • Beginners are very welcome. Regular attendance is encouraged but not required, so come along as often as you like.

Melbourne practice sessions are updated regularly on our calendar.

Hachijo and Kanju Taiko

Shome Shome Club

Taikokoro Inc - Shome Shome Club, Hachijo taiko class

Shome Shome Club meets monthly to practice Hachijo and Kanju Daiko styles of taiko playing. 
Unlike most forms of taiko, Hachijo and Kanju Daiko, from the tiny Izu island of Aogashima, allows for individual expression over traditional island base beats. 

Shome Shome Club is heaps of fun, no experience necessary.

Taikokoro Inc Wachi taiko class

Wachi Taiko

Doikkoisa Wachi Kai

Dokkoisa Wachi Kai practices the Wachi Daiko from north Kyoto prefecture.

Wachi Daiko is an energetic festival style of drumming with some funky movements.

Beginners are always welcome!