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TSUKASA TAIKO & TAIKO LEGACY - a leading community program for Japanese drumming and performing arts

Our Collaborators: TSUKASA TAIKO

Our Collaborators
and Friends

Tsukasa Taiko is proud of our collaborative efforts with various aspects of the arts.

History and Achievements of Tsukasa Taiko

History & Achievements
of Tsukasa Taiko

The birth of Tsukasa Taiko broke new ground in the Chicago taiko community.


Toyoaki Shamisen

the Japanese traditional lute, SHAMISEN !


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Tsukasa Taiko, acknowledgments

Tsukasa Taiko is a program of Asian Improv aRts Midwest and the Japanese American Service Committee of Chicago and is supported in part by the Illinois Arts Council, the MacArthur Fund for Arts & Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Alphawood Foundation, CDH. P.C, JCCC Foundation, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation and The Joyce Foundation.

2017 Upcoming Performances

Saturday, July 22 @2:00 pm
Educational Program
The Pullman Historic Site
11111 S Forrestville Ave. Chicago, IL 60628

Sunday, July 23 @12:00 pm
McKinley Park Farmers Market
McKinley Park at the corner of 37th St. and Archer Ave. Chicago, IL 60609

Tuesday, July 25 @5:30 pm
Polish Triangle Coalition's: Tuesday at the Triangle
Milwaukee/Division/Ashland Ave. at the Blue Line stop
Chicago, IL 60622

Thursday, July 27 @6:30 pm
Washington Park: Night Out in the Park
5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr. Chicago, IL 60637

Saturday, July 29 @10:00 am
Dragon Boat Festival
Lake Arlington *Flentie Park
E Mulberry Ln. and N Birchwood Ln. Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Thursday, August 3
Montessori Language Academy
Forest Park, IL 60302
Private Educational Program

Friday, August 4 @6:​45​ p​​m
The Morton Arboretum : Destination Asia Opening Night
4100 Illinois Route 53 Lisle, IL 60532

Friday, August 4 @6:30 pm
Ping Tom Park: Night Out in the Park
S. Wells and W. 19th St. Chicago, IL 60616

Saturday, August 5 @12:00 p​m​ & 3:​0​0 pm​
Morton Arboretum: Destination Asia Festival
4100 Illinois Route 53 Lisle, IL 60532

Sunday, August 6 @12:00 p​m​ & 3:​0​0 pm​
Morton Arboretum: Destination Asia Festival
4100 Illinois Route 53 Lisle, IL 60532

Thursday, August 10 @1:00pm
Millennium Park Family Fun
Millennium Park, Under the Tent at Chase Promenade North
201 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60602

Saturday, August 12
Mitsuwa Bon Odori
Mitsuwa Marketplace
100 E. Algonquin Rd. Arlington Heights, IL 60005

Sunday, August 13 ​@5:​0​0 pm
Wrigley Square, Millennium Park Chicago, IL 60601

Friday, August 18 @6:30 pm
Merrimac Park: Night Out in the Park
6343 W. Irving Park Rd. Chicago, IL 60634

Saturday, August 19
Country Club Hills, IL 60478
Private Birthday Party

Sunday, September 10
Miyumi Project *Taiko and Contemporary Jazz
Anderson Garden
318 Spring Creek Rd. Rockford, IL 61107

Sunday, September 10
Miyumi Project *Taiko and Contemporary Jazz
Elastic Arts
3429 W. Diversey Ave. Chicago, IL 60647

Tuesday, September 19
Tuesday at Terrace
Miyumi Project(Taiko and Contemporary Jazz)
MCA: Museum of Contemporary Art
220 East Chicago Avenue. Chicago, IL 60611

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Job Oppourtunity

News: Job Position at Asian Improv aRts Midwest

Asian Improv Arts Midwest seeks Visiting Instructor/Performer in Chicago, IL (and other U.S. locations as needed)

Responsible for teaching classes that focus on Japanese cultural arts. Organize and administer traditional arts programs in Japanese classical dance and drumming. Responsible for assisting the operation of the cultural arts organization. Manage cultural arts programs and organize performances throughout the year. Establish clear objectives for all lessons and projects, and communicate those objectives to students. Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs and interests. This position involves teaching elementary school level children.

Requires a Bachelor's degree in Education, Cultural Arts, or a related field, plus ten years of experience. Requires 6 years of experience in Japanese traditional drumming arts and 6 years of experience in performing with Japanese drumming ensembles. Requires fluency in reading, speaking and writing in Japanese. Requires knowledge of Japanese history, culture and social sciences. Requires knowledge of traditional Japanese costuming and the ability to organize curriculums for students. Requires Travel to domestic performance sites as needed.

Must also have authority to work permanently in the U.S. Applicants who are interested in this position may apply online @ Ref # 30211.

TSUKASA at Community Shows

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Photo Gallery:TSUKASA at Community Shows

AIRMW: Asian Improv aRts Midwest

AIR midwest

Asian Improv aRts Midwest's mission is to build a vital, self-empowered Asian American community in the Chicago area by advancing the understanding and profile of Asian and Asian American cultures through the traditional and contemporary cultural arts. AIRMW is dedicated to creating productive relationships with artists, community and institutions in order to produce high quality arts programs that accurately reflect the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic reality of Chicago and the nation. Visit for more information.

JASC: Japanese American Service Committee of Chicago

AIR midwest

Founded in 1946, the mission of the Japanese American Service Committee of Chicago is to preserve and raise awareness of Japanese American culture and heritage, and promote the physical and spiritual well-being of Japanese Americans and the greater multicultural community in the Midwest. Visit for more information.

Our annual Taiko Legacy show is hosted by the Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

Museum of Contemporary Art

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Ken Carl Photography, LLC. (, Mayumi Lake (, Kazu Yamamoto, Larry Philipee, Adebukola Bodunrin and friends of Tsukasa Taiko.