Sounds of Spring: A Collection of Performances, Presentations and Workshops

Ho Etsu Taiko

Sounds of Spring: A Collection of Performances, Presentations and Workshops featuring Akira & Raiya Katogi and Tiffany Tamaribuchi

Ho Etsu Taiko is proud to host taiko heavy-hitter Tiffany Tamaribuchi and Japanese folk music ensemble Wariki on May 3 through May 5 for a weekend of Japanese performance art.

Wariki grounds their art in Japanese tradition, weaving elements of music, dance, drumming and folklore into a rich tapestry of sounds and spirits. In their first visit to the American Midwest, virtuoso father-son duo Akira and Raiya Katogi hope to promote cultural exchange through folk art showcases, performances and workshops.

Tiffany Tamaribuchi founded the Jodaiko women’s taiko ensemble in 1988 and the Sacramento Taiko Dan in 1989. An internationally-renowned teacher and artist, Tiffany won the 2002 All-Japan O-Daiko contest and now tours internationally with both Japanese and North American taiko groups.

Chicago-based Ho Etsu Taiko brings passionate energy and lively spirit to the rich tradition of taiko. Our bright, energized sound infuses taiko’s legacy with a new vitality and bridges the tradition with fresh experiences and influences.

On May 3 – 5, Ho Etsu Taiko teams up with these formidable artists to create a unique workshop and performance series taking place around Chicago and the University of Illinois. Specific performance times, locations and prices below:


  • Spring Matsuri: Ho Etsu Taiko shares the stage with Akira and Raiya Katogi and Tiffany Tamaribuchi in a Spring Masuri hosted by the University of Chicago’s Japanese Student Association.  Friday, May 3, 7pm, Logan Center for the Arts (915 E 60th St, Chicago, IL 60637). $10 for general public, $7 for students. Tickets at

  • Japanese Folk Art Showcase: The Japan House at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) makes a beautiful setting for a thirty-minute showcase of Katogi-san’s artistic talents. Presented by Wariki as part of AsiaFest.  Saturday, May 4, 2:30pm, Japan House (2000 S Lincoln Ave, Urbana, IL 61802). Free.

  • Sounds of Spring Concert: Join us at the Spurlock Museum for a special evening concert featuring all three musical groups.  Event is free and open to the public.  Saturday, May 4, 7pm, Spurlock Museum (600 S Gregory St, Urbana, IL 61801). Free.

  • Wariki/Tamaribuchi Performance:  Buddhist ideas of selflessness, interdependence and harmony enliven this performance of Japanese dance and drumming. Sunday, May 5, 12pm, Midwest Buddhist Temple Social Hall (435 W Menomonee St, Chicago, IL 60614). $10 suggested donation.

  • Japanese Arts Workshop: Learn the techniques of Japanese festival music, drumming and dance as Akira and Raiya Katogi, Tiffany Tamaribuchi, MBT Taiko and Ho Etsu Taiko transform the Midwest Buddhist Temple into a globally-reaching artists’ café. Sunday, May 5, 3pm, Midwest Buddhist Temple. No experience required. $45. RSVP to

Author: Jenn

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