Taiko Drumming Course
Tokara Taiko
Wadaiko TOKARA
Taiko Workshops


April 9 - 13, 2018

The TOKARA Wadaiko Camp (also known as TOKARA Boot Camp) in Japan takes place during one of the most beautiful times of year in Japan...Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Season.
This course will allow the taiko practicioner to fully immerse themselves in the world of taiko in Japan; from intensive training during the day to enjoying the rural and unique life of Japan every evening. This is a full-week intensive course which creates an opportunity for participants to experience what it is like to live in Japan as a taiko player, and to train in and see firsthand the vast abundance of taiko styles that abode in Japan.

Course Content
The TOKARA Wadaiko Camp is an intensive taiko training session during which participants will have the chance to be taught in the energetic performance style of TOKARA by Wadaiko Artist Art Lee.  Participants to the TOKARA Wadaiko Camp will undergo intensive taiko study of all original drills and composition.  In the evenings, participants will be able to enjoy the festival-like atmosphere of Iida City and Achi Village during Sakura Festival Season, as well as join TOKARA for their 2018 Hirugami no Hibiki showcase at Hirugami Onsen Resort Hotel. Following the course, participants may have the opportunity to perform an original piece written by Art Lee at the HARUKA DAIKO Drum Festival.
All drills and compositions are originally created by Wadaiko Artist Art Lee.

To better immerse oneself in rural life in Japan, accomodation will be at a Japanese Inn located in Hirugami Onsen Resort called Misaka Ryokan.  Misaka Ryokan is one of the finest smaller inns in the 23 hotel resort due to the unequalled hospitality of the owners, Mr. and Mrs. Toyama.  Accomodation, In-hotel onsen (natural hot spring) and breakfast are all included in the course fee.

Unless travelling to other parts of Japan before the course, participants are advised to arrive at the nearest international airport which is Chubu International Airport (Centrair - Nagoya).  Detailed directions will be included in information packets to those whose applications are accepted to the TOKARA Wadaiko Bootcamp.

Details Summary
Dates: April 9 - 13, 2018
Iida City, Japan
***Early registration until December 30th.***
***Early registration is 92,000yen and is only payable via Paypal***
Course fee covers:
Course Tuition
     2. Accomodation with breakfast
24 hour hot spring bath at Misaka Ryokan

Registration for the 2018 TOKARA Wadaiko Bootcamp now open.

***Though not a prerequisite, it is strongly recommended that applicants have intermediate to advanced taiko experience before applying to this course.  Limited to 15 participants.


You should receive confirmation of receipt of your application within two days by email.