日本太鼓財団

日本太鼓財団

Activities

Promoting Taiko
◆ Nippon Taiko Festival

Nippon Taiko Festival is held annually at different locations throughout Japan with the purpose to introduce Taiko to the general public and also to foster friendship among the Taiko groups. The Taiko performers coming from various regions of Japan, present performances reflecting the regional uniqueness.

◆ Nippon Taiko Junior Competition

This nation-wide competition taking place annually is carried out in an effort to encourage the healthy growth of young people and to foster the next generation of Taiko players. Junior performers under the age of 18 selected from prefectural preliminary contests perform at this final competition. The result is based on their technical abilities as well as the discipline.

◆ Nippon Taiko Senior Competition

This competition is held with the purpose to promote Taiko for senior players as well as to hand down their experienced performance to next generations. All the performers are over the age of 60.

◆ Nippon Taiko Charity Concert

Nippon Taiko Foundation joins efforts with different non-profit organizations to host Taiko Charity Concert every year. The entire proceeds from this concert is donated to such non-profit organization.

◆ Handicapped Persons Nippon Taiko Festival

Groups of mentally and/or physically challenged persons using Taiko as a supplementary therapy gather to perform at this festival. At the festival, Taiko experiences of the handicapped persons are exchanged. The art works enhanced by the Taiko therapy are also exhibited.

Training and Educating Taiko Players
◆ Nippon Taiko Courses

Nippon Taiko Seminers are held several times a year in different locations throughout Japan. Anyone regardless of age can take basic to advanced level courses.

◆ Nippon Taiko Official Certification

Taiko Certification was introduced since the establishment of Nippon Taiko Foundation, and the Taiko players are able to measure their accomplishment. Three levels of Taiko Instructor's Certificate and five levels of Taiko Technical Certificate are issued by the Foundation.

International Exchanges

Taiko is highly appreciated abroad and welcomed by every country visited. Since the establishment, the Foundation has dispatvhed Taiko member teams to 50 different countries.

Revitalizing Regional Activities

Taiko groups have been actively participating in events sponsored by the national and the local governments such as 'Nagano Winter Olympic 1998' and more recently, events related to the recovery from Northeastern Japan Earthquake Disaster.

Surveys and Researches

Nippon Taiko Foundation conducts basic surveys and studies concerning various aspects of Taiko as an important Japanese traditional culture. The Foundation also collects materials and information related to Taiko for future Taiko library.

Boards of Trustees and Counselors

As of June 2016

Chairman Hideaki Matsumoto Chairman, Council of Local Government Officials Mutual Aid Association
Vice Chairmen Tadashi Hasegawa Honorary Chairman, Kyushu Taiko Union
Ukichi Takano Leader, Ukichi Takano and Chichibu shachu
President Kazuko Shiomi Chairman, Nippon Music Foundation
Executive Director Kazuhiko Osawa  
Trustees Motoko Ishii President, Motoko Ishii Lighting Design Inc.
Eiko Oya Journalist
Hisanaga Shimazu Adviser, Yamashina Institute for Ornithology
Yoshiro Nakanishi Senior Managing Director, Japan Gateball Union
Tsuyoshi Yamauchi Leader, Fugaku Taiko
Counselors Hideo Otake Adviser, The Nihon Ki-in, Professional Go Player
Tomoyuki Okada Honorary Professor, Senzoku Gakuen College of Music
Mutsuo Kawai Honorary Chairman, Toyama Taiko Federation
Hiroshi Kitamura Former Japanese Ambassador to U.K.
Junko Sato Trustee, The Life Planning Center
Hatsuhisa Takashima Chairman of the Board, Fund Corporation for the Overseas
Development of Japan's ICT and Postal Services
Makiko Hamada President, DHC Theater Co.,Ltd.
Kunio Furuya President, Nagano Taiko Federation
Yoshimasa Miyazaki President, Chiba Taiko Federation
Sadao Watanabe Musician
Auditors Ken Osanai Attorney at Law, Osanai Law Firm
Yasushi Ikeda Attorney at Law, Miyake Imai Ikeda Law Office

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