Local Cultural Clubs / Groups

Promoting the art of Japanese taiko drumming

The Cincinnati-Dayton Taiko Group was formed in 1999 with the support of the Japanese-Americans Citizens League (JACL) of Cincinnati and Dayton Ohio. We are a non-profit arts organization dedicated to promoting Japanese-style taiko drumming through performance and education. Jim Shimko, our music director, holds a Bachelor's degree in Music and has taught music for over to 20 years. He has been involved in taiko drumming for over 10 years.

Our performances are based on a traditional foundation but emphasize the fun and community spirit of taiko.  Taiko drums are large drums played in an ensemble format which allows for thundering sounds and exciting rhythms.  Besides the large drums, we include a variety of world percussion including shekere, small cymbals, and a large gong. Our style is based on the Osuwa style which was founded by Daihachi Oguchi Sensei of Japan.

We are a community group and are open to new members.  We perform in the tri-state area and have participated in many festivals and venues through the years.  If you want more information about us, please contact us at cindaytaiko@yahoo.com.

サクラレディースコーラスは1998年に発足しました。 少人数の歌好き女性メンバーで懐かしい日本の歌を歌うことから始まりました。

メンバーの中にはアメリカでの滞在年数を限られた駐在も多くいるため合唱団の人数は大きく変動しますが現在では約30人前後のメンバーで活動しています。
毎年の定例会をはじめ、文化奨励のイベントには積極的に参加しています。
年齢幅も大きく、20代から60代までいますが音楽活動を通して年齢にこだわることなく楽しく歌っています。

The mission of the Sakura Ladies Chorus is to promote multiculturalism through Japanese music in Greater Cincinnati communities.  The Sakura Ladies Chorus was founded in 1998 and has been performing at local cultural events such as the Art Sampler, Asian Culture Fest at the museum center at the Union Terminal, local colleges and schools, churches, and several functions organized by the Japan America Society of Greater Cincinnati.  Our repertoire includes traditional to contemporary Japanese songs and some numbers from countries other than Japan in translation or original languages.


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