Jose Taiko (SJT) began in 1973 and was the third taiko group to
form in North America. The first members were Asian Americans
looking for a way to express themselves. The instrument they felt
could help them best express who they were was the taiko, the
here to learn about SJT's current
started in San Jose
Japantown at the SJ Buddhist
Church as a fun way to get kids involved in church activities.
Since then, SJT has grown into a professional company that travels
throughout the United States and the world.
performs in San Jose at local festivals and other outdoor events.
One of SJT's favorite types of outdoor performances are the Japanese
summer festivals, known as obon.
SJT also performs concerts all over the world, traveling up to 3 months out of the year so that we can share the art form of taiko with audiences young and old.
are a lot of people who see us play and wonder what it feels like
to strike the drum, so SJT performers also teach youth
classes and also put on a taiko
summer camp. This is a great way to learn about taiko and
have some fun, too!