Chikara Daiko

Chikara Daiko

Los Angeles, California, United States

Founded July 1996

Basic Information

    We use both Artistic Directors as well as group consenus

Background Information

Group's Mission and Motivation

Our vision: Taiko is like the heartbeat, which is universal. It reaches out and connects us all. Through our activities, we reach out and embrace individual members and families in a fellowship. By establishing our identity and expressing our unique heritage, we seek to connect with other faiths, cultures and people through our music.
I Corinthians 12:12-26 speaks of group. We work to achieve a group, like the body God has created, "giving greater honor to the (weaker) members, that there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it."

List of Current Members

Chikara is: Allison Cook, Steve Haruta, Brian Kurushima, Denise Kurushima-Okamura, Grace Kurushima, Walter Nishinaka, Marilyn Nobori, Di Okazaki, Heidi Sasaki, and Nancy Wong.


Grace Kurushima


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A project of the Japanese American National Museum

Major support by The Nippon Foundation