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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

Friday, June 23
Discovery Center Museum
711 N Mail St. Rockford, IL 61103

Friday, June 23 @6:30 pm
Walsh Park: Night Out in the Park
1722 N. Ashland Ave. Chicago, IL 60614

Tuesday, June 27 @7:00 pm
Skokie Park Districk: Tuesday Family Festivals
Oakton Park
4701 Oakton St. Skokie, IL 60076

Wednesday, June 28
Alphawood Gallery
Chicago, IL 60614
Private Event

Tuesday, July 4
Hyde Park Annual 4th of July Parade & Main Stage
Nichols Park: 1355 E 53rd St. Chicago, IL 60615

Saturday, July 8
The Morton Arboretum
4100 Illinois Route 53 Lisle, IL 60532

Sunday, July 9 @1:00pm
Millennium Park Family Fun
Millennium Park, Under the Tent at Chase Promenade North
201 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60602

Saturday, July 15 @3:30 pm
Horner Park: Night Out in the Park
2741 W. Montrose Ave. Chicago, IL 60618

Sunday, July 16
Rock'n Roll Marathon

Sunday, July 16
Chinatown Summer Fair
Wentworth Ave. from Cermak Rd. to 24th PL. Chicago, IL 60616

Saturday, July 22
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

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

Friday, August 4 @6:00 pm
The Morton Arboretum
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
Morton Arboretum: Destination Asia Festival
4100 Illinois Route 53 Lisle, IL 60532

Sunday, August 6
Morton Arboretum: Destination Asia Festival
4100 Illinois Route 53 Lisle, IL 60532

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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

Please visit: Educational and Community Programs

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.