San Jose Taiko

San Jose Taiko

One of the finest taiko drumming groups in North America, San Jose Taiko stretches the traditional limits of this ancient Japanese art form. By including world rhythms such as African, Latin and American rock and jazz. San Jose Taiko has created a unique Japanese-American sound, while maintaining its historical meaning.


  565 North 5th Street, San Jose, CA 95112

Santa Clara


San Jose Taiko School Outreach Assemblies

Program description

SJT conducts assemblies for all grade levels to educate children and teachers about the history of taiko and its links to Japan and to the local Japanese American communities.

The 45 minute school program presents SJT’s basic philosophical principles and engages the students to actively participate in its high-action demonstration.

Teaching Taiko

SJT dedicates its calendar to play to schools in the Bay Area and school residency programs throughout the U.S., in total reaching over 20,000 kids across the nation. The company is deeply committed to share the art of taiko to children and to communicate the importance of the arts in our lives.

Our school outreach program seeks to celebrate America’s cultural diversity by sharing the art of taiko through performance and educational programs. The Elementary School Program features three performers, explanations of the history and philosophy of the artform as well as student participation on the drums! The Middle/High School Program is geared toward older audiences with an emphasis on exciting high energy performances and more in depth historical and philosophical explanations. After the program, students can visit the SJT Kidsweb page to continue learning more about taiko.

NOTE FOR ASSEMBLY ORGANIZERS: Please allow a 10 (min) – 30 (max) minute break in between assemblies. Each assembly performance is 45 minutes. A travel fee will be added for those schools beyond the Santa Clara County area.

For schools outside of the Bay Area, availability and fees will depend on San Jose Taiko’s touring schedule.

Booking / scheduling contact

Yurika Chiba

   (408) 293-9344

Program detail
Artistic discipline: Multi-discipline, Music
Cultural Origin: Asian
Program type: Performance, School Program
Population served: Pre-K, Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Subject: Fine Arts, Other, Social Studies
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Subject to availability.

Available times:


Length of program: 45 minutes
Space / technical requirements:

Indoor performance area at least 20′ wide by 16′ deep.


Bay area. Schools outside of Santa Clara county will be charged a travel fee.

Fees / Ticketing:

$650-950.  Call/email the SJT office for more information.