UCLA Yukai Daiko

UCLA Yukai Daiko

Los Angeles, California, United States

Founded September 2004

Basic Information


Background Information

Group's Mission and Motivation

UCLA Yukai Daiko was formed in the hope of spreading the joy of taiko to the UCLA community. Its members are all current or past students of UCLA and they strive to spread the love of taiko both to the campus and the surrounding Los Angeles community. Yukai in Japanese, means cheerful and so the group encourages its members to live up to that name and to become a family on campus.

List of Current Members

Courtney Deguchi, Camille Shek, Rie Onedera, Danny Chong, Jackie Mamaril, Janelle Gaw, Jennifer Chow, Jennifer Muise, Jana Yokoyama, Mark Nguyen, Ryan Ishikawa, Mike Morita, Raphael Ilagan, Sandy Chang, Xueman Liu

Performances, Recordings, Publications

List a selection of your regular performance venues (for example, Denver Sakura Matsuri, Seabrook obon, business conventions, Manzanar Pilgrimage, Maui Marathon, etc.)

Intercollegate Taiko Invitational, Spring Concert at UCLA

Instructors, Teachers & Mentors
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Yuta Kato, Michelle Fujii
Byron Yamada, Julia Kato

Taiko Collaborators
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TAIKOPROJECT, Bombu Taiko, Stanford Taiko, UCLA Kyodo Taiko

Signature Works
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Composed by Yuta Kato and Michelle Fujii


Jana Yokoyama


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A project of the Japanese American National Museum

Major support by The Nippon Foundation