Members of the Japanese group Ondekoza during their performance in Los Angeles, 1978. Photo by Georg Kochi. Gift of Kinnara Taiko (2005.94.1).

 


Jeanne Mercer and Russel Baba founded Shasta Taiko in 1984 after moving to the area from San Francisco. Both began their taiko careers playing with San Francisco Taiko Dojo in the early 1970s. Collection of Jeanne Mercer and Russel Baba.

 


Kokyo Taiko was established at the Buddhist Temple of Chicago in 1987. Photograph by and courtesy of Alice Murata.

 


Kenny Endo, 1978. In 1987, Kenny Endo became the first non-Japanese national to receive a natori (stage name and master’s rank) in hogaku hayashi (classical Japanese drumming). Kenny, born and raised in Southern California, learned to play taiko with Kinnara Taiko and San Francisco Taiko Dojo.

 


San Jose Taiko performs at celebration of National Council for Redress and Reparations, 1988. Photograph by Janice Yen. Gift of Janice Yen (2005.55.4).

 


Six taiko groups at the Molokai obon, 1999 (Kona Daifukuji Taiko, Zenshin Daiko, Maui Taiko, Ryusei Taiko, Hawaii Matsuri Taiko, and Sacramento Taiko Dan). Photo courtesy of Hawaii Matsuri Taiko.

 


Shasta Taiko, 1986. Collection of Jeanne Mercer and Russel Baba (2005.47.4).

 


Kinnara Taiko. Los Angeles, ca. 1990. Photo courtesy of Kinnara Taiko, Senshin Buddhist Temple.

 


Soh Daiko and Kodo members, New York, 1987. Gift of Alan and Merle Okada (2005.54.6).

 


Soh Daiko. New York City, ca. 1997. Photo by Michael Dames, courtesy of Soh Daiko.