San Jose Taiko

San Jose Taiko, based in San Jose, California, is the preeminent taiko drumming company in North America who’ve captivated audiences around the world with the powerful sounds of the Japanese taiko drum since 1973. San Jose Taiko is highly acclaimed for its innovative performances, community and cultural building, and educational programs.

Our Nikkei Matsuri Connection
San Jose Taiko has been performing at Nikkei Matsuri since the first festival in 1976! We even wrote a song about it called "Nikkei Matsuri Procession" for our 40th Anniversary Concert in 2013. This song was inspired by our annual tradition of opening the festival in the morning with a procession through the streets. And later in the day, we would close the festival with a performance on the stage. Performing at Nikkei Matsuri is one of our yearly highlights as we celebrate our home here in Japantown with the community.