Our first Kodaiko class, for children age 4-7, started in June 2009 with 3 enthusiastic kids: Kai, Mai and Kaito. All three had parents and family that are very passionate and active in taiko. Having been around it all their life, it was quite evident that the heart of taiko was within them when they started playing.
The following session, the class grew to 5, with the addition of Mai’s twin cousins; Shohei and Elly. Shortly after another boy, Ian also joined in.
Today all of the kids from that year are still playing and learning taiko every week at Yakudo Studio. Some have moved on the the Sumodaiko class which is for youths (age 8-14). Currently, the Kodaiko class has 8 regularly kids.
Shortly after the successful launch of our Kodaiko class. a small group of youths showed interest in learning taiko and formed the first Sumodaiko class. Dillan, Marina, Emily and Justin started playing taiko together in October 2009.
Since then Dillan and Justin are now training with Yakudo’s performance group and although Emily and Marina have moved on, they are still active in their Japanese culture doing dance with Sakura Kai at the Japanese Canadian Community Centre.
The Sumodaiko class has now grown to a healthy size of 10 regularly attending energetic youths.
Both of these classes have performed at various JCCC events such as Haru Matsuri and Natsu Matsuri!