Upcoming Events


Makoto Taiko AI 2018 Recital

Sunday at 2 PM – 3 PM

Shumei Hall

2430 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, California

Past Events


 DragonFest 2017
 Saturday, August 5th, 2017

Burbank Marriott Convention Center.

“The most popular martial arts convention in the world!”  This is a fundraising event supporting the Martial Arts History Museum.  

Makoto Taiko’s performance will be at 1:35pm 

For more information: http://museumdragonfest.com/

Taiko Ten Concert at the North American Taiko Conference

Friday, August 11th at West Ballroom, Price Center, UC San Diego

Makoto Taiko will be one of ten taiko groups performing at the North American Taiko Conference. This is a free concert for attendees of NATC.

The North American Taiko Conference (NATC) is a biennial event sponsored by the Taiko Community Alliance (TCA). NATC has become a central element of the taiko community, with workshops and discussion sessions for players of all levels. NATC also features public performances featuring a wide variety of taiko groups. NATC is attended by virtually all of the taiko community’s leaders, along with hundreds of players from around the world.
For more infohttps://natc.taikocommunityalliance.org/


24th Annual Taiko Gathering
Sunday, August 27, 2017 – 12:00pm-12:30pm
JACCC Plaza, 244 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Makoto Taiko will be joining 12 taiko groups performing at the 24th Annual Taiko Gathering at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center Plaza in Little Tokyo. The gathering will take place from 10:00am until 5:00pm. Makoto Taiko is excited to return to this annual event and will be playing from 12:00pm until 12:30pm.

Makoto Taiko will also be playing at the Nisei Week Japanese Festival Ondo & Closing Ceremony at 3:45pm!


Brand Library and Art Center – Plaza Series Concert

Friday, July 21, 7pm at Brand Library & Art Center
1601 West Mountain StreetGlendale, California 91201

The City of Glendale’s Performance Series, now in its fourth year, provides a free cultural asset to residents and attracts visitors to experience arts and cultural opportunities in the city. This program has been designed to support arts organizations and to bring distinguished cultural programming to Glendale. The Performance Series is supported by the City of Glendale and the Glendale Arts & Culture Commission, with funding from the Urban Art Program and the Brand Associates.
For more information, visit Brand Library’s website: Events Calendar
or their Facebook event


 Taiko Summit Colorado 2017

Saturday, June 10, 2017 1PM at the Macky Auditorium, University of Colorado at Boulder

World Renowned Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka & San Francisco Taiko Dojo, Kenny Endo Ensemble, Grammy Winner Koji Nakamura & Makoto Taiko, GONNA-Wadaiko x Marimba from Japan, and Boulder Taiko Ensemble.


Makoto Taiko’s 11th Annual concert
Saturday May 6th at 7pm
Arcadia Performing Arts Foundation

Makoto Taiko presents RISE! – a powerful concert of Japanese drumming with Grammy Award-winning Taiko Master Koji Nakamura and guest artist Eien Hunter-Ishikawa.

Eien Hunter-Ishikawa is a member of the fearlessly innovative On Ensemble. A musician and global educator based in Portland, Oregon, he was born in Japan, where he developed an early passion for drumming specializing in drumset, Taiko, percussion, and shinobue. He’s performed at the North American Taiko Conference, Chico World Music Festival, Vancouver’s Powell Street Festival, Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Dancing on the Edge Festival, Hawaii International Taiko Festival, Honolulu International Jazz Festival, and the Detroit Montreux Jazz Festival.


Pasadena ArtNight
Friday, March 10 6-10PM
Shumei Hall, Pasadena

Akabeko Project
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Workshop Hours: 1:00PM-4:00PM
Performances at 1:00PM and 3:00PM
Pasadena Japanese Cultural Institute
595 Lincoln Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103


Founded in 2013, the Akabeko Project is an annual event that raises awareness for the victims of the March 11, 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster by engaging community members of all ages in creative, cultural, and educational activities.
The Akabeko Project fosters a continued awareness of the situation by hosting Akabeko painting workshops.
The Akabeko Project’s mission is to continue to strengthen international relationships between Japanese and Americans and to educate our communities, both in the United States and in Japan, about the continuing struggles that face the citizens of Fukushima.


Heritage Day at Chandler School
October 28, 2016 in Pasadena, CA


Shumei America Pasadena’s Center Anniversary Celebration
October 23, 2016 in Pasadena, CA


Pasadena Peace and Unity Festival
September 25, 2016 in Pasadena, CA
Makoto was excited and honored to promote peace and unity through our taiko drumming! The Pasadena Peace and Unity Festival aimed to bring our communities together, through music & spoken word, to promote peace with justice & unity in our neighborhoods.


AbilityFirst’s International Night
September 23, 2016 in Pasadena, CA
Makoto performed and hosted workshops for children at AbilityFirst’s diversity fair. AbilityFirst is an organization which uplifts and fosters learning in children and adults with special needs.


Altadena Church Fall Festival
September 17, 2016 in Altadena, CA


Nisei Week Taiko Gathering at JACCC Plaza
August 21, 2016 in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles


Makoto Taiko One Pulse Concert
June 4th, 2016 Saturday 7pm



Join us for Makoto Taiko’s One Pulse – a powerful concert featuring traditional, modern, and fusion Japanese drum pieces with Grammy Award-winning Taiko Master Koji Nakamura, Koto Artist Yukiko Matsuyama, and Violinist Jason Yang.

Parking is available and free for all attendees.

Some premium seats will be reserved for donors to Makoto Taiko.  For more information, please contact us at info@makototaiko.org.


Makoto Taiko “Resounding BEAT” Concert
June 2015, Thorne Hall, Occidental College (Eagle Rock, CA)
9th Annual Concert. Special Guests: Marco Lienhard, Hidesomi Bando

ArtNight Pasadena
March, 2015 at Shumei Hall, Pasadena

Westfield Mall Lunar New Year Celebration
February 2015, Westfield Mall, Arcadia, CA

La Paz Intermediate School 4th Annual International Festival
March 27, 2015 Mission Viejo, CA

Daniel Pearl World Music Days Concert
November 2015, Santa Monica, CA

Disney’s “Big Hero 6” Wrap Party
October 2015, Kodak Theatre, Hollywood, CA


La Paz Intermediate School 3rd Annual International Festival
April 3, 2014 Mission Viejo, CA

2014 Los Angeles & San Gabriel Valley Spring Regional Games for the Special Olympics 
Saturday, May 17, 2014

Makoto Taiko 15th Anniversary “Kizuna” Concert
June 2014, Thorne Hall, Occidental College, Eagle Rock, CA
Special Guests: Mike Penny and Roseanna Kuwata


Pasadena Gakuen performance
January 2013, Pasadena Japanese Cultural Institute

8th Annual Makoto Taiko Concert
June 2013, Thorne Hall, Occidental College, Eagle Rock, CA
Special guest Mike Penny

Special Olympics Fall Regional Games performance
June 2013, Los Angeles, CA

Nisei Week Taiko Gathering at JACCC Plaza
August, 2013 in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles

Shumei Santa Cruz Open Farm performance
September 2013, Santa Cruz, CA

Annual “Inochi no Denwa” Suicide Hotline Benefit Christmas Concert
December, 2012-2016, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles

2013 Honda LA Marathon
March 17, 2013, Los Angeles

2nd Annual Asian Deaf Awareness Day event
Los Angeles, May 11, 2013


National Women’s History Month
March 27, 2012, Federal Women’s Program, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles

Makoto’s 7th Annual Concert
June 2012, Thorne Hall, Occidental College, Eagle Rock, CA

Makoto Holiday Recital
December 2012, Pasadena, CA


January 2011, Jaoanese American Cultural & Community Center, Title Tokyo

7th Annual Kaua’i Wellness Expo 2011
January 2011, Kaua’i War Memorial Center, Kaua’i, HI

Pasadena ArtNight
May 2011, Shumei Hall, Pasadena, CA

6th Annual Makoto Taiko Concert
June 2011, Thorne Hall, Occidental College, Eagle Rock

LA18 Harvest Moon Festival
September 2011, Arcadia County Park

World Festival of Sacred Music
October 8, 2011, Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Cal State L.A.

4th Annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days
October 2011, Santa Monica, CA

U.S. Martial Arts Festival
November 2011, Redondo Beach, CA

Benefit Concert for The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America
November 13, 2011, Beverly Hill, CA


5th Annual Makoto Taiko Concert
June 2010, Scottish Rite Center, Pasadena

Cosmic Thunder concert
June 2010, Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena

U.S.-Japan Martial Arts Festival
June 2010, Redondo Beach, CA

Shumei Santa Cruz Open Farm performance
2010, Santa Cruz, CA

LEADERShift 2010
November 2010, Long Beach, CA

Emperor of Japan’s Birthday Reception
December 2010, Residence of the Consul General of Japan, Los Angeles


4th Annual Makoto Taiko Concert
June 2009, Pasadena, CA

Makoto Taiko 10th Anniversary Concert
August 2009, San Gabriel, CA
Special Guests: Gran Master Seiichi Tanaka, Paul Winter, Mike Penny, Yukiko Matsuyama, and Yanjin Lam


3rd Annual Makoto Taiko Concert
June 2008, Pasadena, CA

Shamballah LA
September 2008, Level 3, Hollywood, CA

Celebrate Immigrants Liturgy and Festival
September 2008, Cathedral of the Lady of Angeles, Los Angeles

Crestone Music Festival
September 2008, Crestone, CO

Prayer Vigil for the Earth
September 2008, Washington, D.C.


Catskill Mountain Culture Festival
July 2007, Hunter, NY

Crestone Music Festival
August 2007, Crestone, CO

Prayer Vigil for the Earth
September 2007, Washington, D.C.


Catskill Mountain Culture Festival
July 2006, Hunter, NY

Aum-Sho-Namah Concert for the World Festival of Sacred Music
July 2006, Torrance, CA
Collaborated with Marco Lienhard and Koji Nakamura

2nd Annual Makoto Taiko Concert
August 2006, Pasadena, CA

Prayer Vigil for the Earth
September 2006, Washington, D.C.


1st Annual Shumei America Taiko Concert
June 2005, Pasadena, CA

Catskill Mountain Culture Festival
July 2005, Hunter, NY
Collaborated with Koji Nakamura and Marco Lienhard, former Ondekoza member and leader of Taikoza

Prayer Vigil for the Earth
September 2005, Washington, D.C.


Catskill Mountain Culture Festival
July 2004, Hunter, NY
Collaborated with Toshiki Hirano, former Shumei Taiko Ensemble Member and Koji Nakamura


Catskill Mountain Culture Festival
July 2003, Hunter, NY


Prayer Vigil for the Earth
September 2002, Washington, D.C.

Bridge USA Summer Festival
July 2002. Torrance, CA


Prayer Vigil for the Earth
September 2001, Washington, D.C.

Bridge USA Summer Festival
September 2001, Torrance, CA


Prayer Vigil for the Earth
September 2000, Washington, D.C.


Shumei America Taiko’s first performance
July 1999.