TAIKO Drums and Flutes of Japan


What is the sound of one hand clapping? NOTHING LIKE THIS!!


This highly energetic, visually exciting and entertaining Japanese music performance incorporates performance and audience participation to give students a greater understanding of Japan, both culturally and historically. Instruments include shakuhachi and yokobue (flutes), taiko (drums of various sizes) and a variety of other percussion instruments. Students join in the drumming and songs and have a go at festival dancing. Japanese language can be included for schools who teach Japanese.

A fast moving, loud and humorous show, involving student participation, jointly presented by Anne Norman and Toshi Sakamoto. Toshinori is a master TAIKO drummer. He founded RINDO DAIKO in Kyushu as well as several Taiko teams in Melbourne since settling here in '95. He performs regularly in Festivals and schools throughout Australia and Japan.

Umi1S"Wonderful, the students were enthralled." CCEGGS, Vic.

"Very impressed - a great opportunity for an activity crossing curriculum boundaries." MacKillop Catholic College, ACT

"Excellent, informative and interactive; the students were fascinated." St Clare's College, ACT

photo of Anne and Toshi at Lathlain Primary, WA 2012 by www.heartphotography.com.au

"Dear Toshi and Anne,  It was very exciting to see and hear the Japanese instruments being played, and your traditional costumes looked cool. I liked it when you played cymbal tennis. It was really peaceful when I closed my eyes and Anne played the shakuhachi, and when you walked around me it felt magic, like a calm waterfall. I liked when you put your arms up really high and brought them down and banged the big taiko, your taiko drumming was awesome! It was funny when you got four teachers on stage to dance and play the taiko drums! I liked the fishing song, how we chanted different words. And last of all, the best part was when you got my classmates on stage. We all learnt a lot and had heaps of fun. I can't wait until you come back." comments from year 5 students at Surrey Downs Primary School in South Australia, 2011.


"Unbelievable, a fantastic show that gave me 'goosebumps'. A show not to be missed." St Joan of Arc Primary School, SA

"A veritable feast of rhythm, entertainment and learning." Dampier Primary School, WA

More on their performance at Dampier Primary School, WA 2009 »


"Your performance yesterday was fantastic.  I loved the way you facilitated interaction with the audience in an entertaining and natural way. Please see our school blog". Margaret River Primary School, WA http://www.mriverps.wa.edu.au/taiko-drumming-and-japanese-flutes/



Min. Audience: 140 students
Cost: $5.50 per head + GST
Suitability: Prep - Yr 12
Duration: 50 minutes