Daion Taiko

Daion Taiko

Anaheim, California, United States

Founded 1978

Basic Information

    Orange County Buddhist Church

Background Information

Group's Mission and Motivation

Daion Taiko is a Japanese-American, Buddhist organization whose primary goal is to share our cultural and religious heritage with the community. We also strive to preserve this cultural art form by providing taiko training and exposure to the next generation. Our group currently has over 30 members and is composed of both young and old, beginning and advanced performers. We perform in many festivals, public functions, and temple-related events throughout the year.

Structure and Philosophy
Describe the ensemble's organizational structure and philosophy, including leadership structure, membership policy, and instructional process.

Our membership policy is simple:
Must be a member of our temple.
Must be at least 10 years old.

Each September, we accept new members and engage them in a 12 week introductory course.

Group History
Describe how, where, and why the ensemble was founded. What was its inspiration?

Rev. Doami and Rev. Takemoto worked w/ Rev. Mas Kodani of Senshin Buddhist Temple and Kinnara to help form a group at OCBC. Rev. Kodani asked Sharon Koga, who had recently moved from Utah and was a member of the Ogden Buddhist Taiko group, to be our sensei.

List of Founding Members

Rev. John Doami
Rev. Art Takemoto
Sharon Koga (on loan from Kinnara)
Tak Kosakura
David Doami
Daryl Doami
Greg Matsura
Stanley Arai
June Hanano
Ryo Hanano
Roger Yamashita
Ann (Takata) Saneto
Arlene (Takata)
Sharon (Takata) Ice
Susan (Takata)
Vicki Yamashita
Nancy Shibata
Craig Shibata

Membership Composition
(i.e. ethnicity, generation, average years of experience, musical backgrounds, and motivation for playing)

Primarily Japanese ancestry, but certainly not the only one.

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.)

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure (Orange County)
Festival of the Arts (Laguna Beach)
OCBC Hanamatsuri
Family Arts Festival (Cerritos)

Instructors, Teachers & Mentors
List the instructors, teachers and mentors who have worked with the ensemble.

Daryl Doami
Frank Yada
Craig Ishii
Keiko Harada

Musical & Performance Styles
Describe the ensemble's musical and performance styles.

Japanese-American, Buddhist Taiko

Signature Works
Please include title, composer, date of composition, special reason(s) for composition, and what the work represents to the group.

Hokkai Minyo Cho (Koto accompaniment) - 2005
Jishin Kyo Nishin - 1979
Gocha Gocha - 1979


Daryl Doami
909 South Dale Avenue


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