San Francisco Taiko Dojo Presents the 48th International Taiko Festival
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, October, 2016— San Francisco Taiko Dojo, led by
Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka, is excited to announce the 48th Annual
International Taiko Festival, which will be held at 7 P.M. on November 5th
at Capuchino High School’s Samuel Johnson Jr. Performing Arts Center in San
This is the 48th year that San Francisco Taiko Dojo hosts this world-class taiko concert. The performance will feature San Francisco Taiko Dojo, North America's oldest taiko group, along with special guests and from all over California and Japan: Yasuhide Tanaka from Wakodaiko (Japan), Sacramento Taiko Dan (Sacramento) and Awakko Ren (San Francisco).
Taiko is traditional Japanese drumming. The history of taiko is interwoven into the history of the Japanese people. Regarded as sacred since ancient times, the drum was first used to drive away evil spirits and pests harmful to crops. Today, taiko is played not only in the festivals, but in concerts throughout the world.
"This is a great event for the community and for families to learn more about Japanese taiko drumming and experience the 'essence of taiko'," said Ryuma Tanaka, General Manager of San Francisco Taiko Dojo
Tickets for the 48th Annual International Taiko Festival are $35 general admission, or $30 for seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased online at sftaiko.com, by phone at 415-928-2456, or at the door on the night of the event.
About San Francisco Taiko Dojo
San Francisco Taiko Dojo was founded in 1968 by Tokyo-born Seiichi Tanaka, who is widely considered the father of modern taiko in North America. In the school’s 48 years of operation, over 15,000 men, women, and children from all walks of life have studied under Tanaka. These students have gone on to establish over 250 other taiko groups throughout the United States and Canada. Tanaka and San Francisco Taiko Dojo have collaborated with a number of renowned artists, including Art Blakey, Tito Puente, Tony Bennett, Dave Brubeck, and Zakir Hussain; they have also been featured in the movie soundtracks for “Apocalypse Now”, “The Right Stuff”, “Return of the Jedi” and “Rising Sun”. San Francisco Taiko Dojo currently offers classes for students of all levels in San Francisco and South San Francisco.
To learn more about San Francisco Taiko Dojo, please contact
Ryuma Tanaka, General Manager