Traditional Japanese Dance

Traditional Japanese Drums


We are Takohachi

Portlands Traditional Japanese Drum & Dance Ensemble
Our Mission

Our MissionEducate and Entertain

Takohachi was founded in 2007 as a non profit organization to preserve traditional japanese music and dance. Takohachi seeks to educate and entertain as we perform throughout the Portland area at schools, festivals and cultural events.

What We Do

What We Do

We are proud to present our work in and around the Portland area. Our repertoire includes songs in the modern Kumi Daiko style, popular amongst Taiko troupes in the US, as well as many songs in the traditional Dentou Geinou style of ancient Japan. This strong presence of traditional style Taiko is what makes Takohachi so unique amongst American Taiko troupes.

Why We Do it

Why We Do It

We believe that our time spent volunteering and performing brings forth a true sense of the Japanese spirit. For fellow Japanese expatriates, this can mean feeling a sense of home in a new home. For the inexperienced this can mean discovery of a new and beautiful part of world they didn’t know of before.
It is our wish to progress and keep improving our work, with new dances, powerful drumming and continued spirit.

Our Leadership

The people at the heart of Takohachi
Yumi Torimaru

Yumi Torimaru

Executive Director
Kohei Kimura

Kohei Kimura

Artistic Director
Tatsuo Ito

Tatsuo Ito


Upcoming Events

Whiskeytown Festival - Saturday, May 9th
Performace at 8pm
NW Front Ave & NW 17th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
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Kodomo no Hi (Childrens Day) - May 17th
A beloved family tradition, come celebrate the health and well-being of your little ones at the Portland Japanese Garden’s annual Kodomo No Hi, or Children’s Day. With a range of activities like origami helmet-making, Taiko drumming, a kid-friendly tea ceremony, a haiku scavenger hunt, and our famous Koi Parade, this event has something for children of all ages.
Refuel with some tasty Japanese cuisine on sale from Chef Naoko or a cup of complimentary Jasmine Pearl tea, available outside the Garden’s gate from 11am-3pm.
611 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205
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OSP Performance - May 30th
Performance at the Oregon State Penitentiary for the Asian Club
2605 State St, Salem, OR 97310
Natsu Matsuri - Saturday July 18th
Join us for a fun, family friendly outdoor Japanese festival! Great food, children's games, entertainment and much more! More details to come.
10500 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy Beaverton, OR 97005
Ito Cup - Saturday July 18th
More details to come.
Bridge Pedal - Sunday, August 9th
Join us on the Fremont Bridge to celebtrate the 20th anniversary of this signature Portland event.
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Past Events

Sakura Matsuri - April 4th 2015
Perfomace at 2pm in The Cat Cavern at Willamette University
900 State Street, Salem, OR 97301
29th Ryobu-Kai NW Classic Invitational Karate - March 15th 2015
Takohachi will performe for the opening ceremony at Mt. Hood Community College
26000 SE Stark St. Gresham, OR 97030
Takohachi Presents Urashima Taro and the Kingdom Under the Sea - Saturday, Febuary 21st 2015
Performace at 2pm in The George and Yvonne Burgess Community Room at The Tigard Public Library
13125 SW Hall Blvd, Tigard, OR 97223
Mochitsuki - Sunday, January 25th 2015
Performance at 1:40pm at Smith Memorial Student Union (SMSU)
Portland State University 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR
Shinnenkai - Wednesday, January 14th 2015
Cheatham Hall at the World Forestry Center.
4033 SW Canyon Rd. Portland, OR 97221
Tickets and info at From Portland With Love
Tokyo Concert - August 8th 2014
Joint concert with Chokoma & Tomodachi Daiko
at Green Hall, Tokyo Japan
Kodomo no Hi (Children's Day) - Saturday, May 24th 2014

Donate To Takohachi

a 501c3 Non Profit

We are Takohachi. By taking interest in our organization you are showing support for the arts and culture in your community. By donating, you are improving the quality of life in your area. We appreciate this opportunity to introduce ourselves and tell you more about our organization.
Takohachi, is a Non-Profit Organization, and maintain tax-exempt status under IRS 501 (c)(3). We are a group of volunteer performers showcasing the ancient art of Japanese Taiko drumming. The sounds of our drums inspire and move our listeners, spreading a message of excitement, joy and spirit to our friends and neighbors.

Takohachi Portland, OR

Letter From a Donor

Blue Collar Taiko

... I consider myself to be a pretty blue collar guy myself and I think that’s why I like taiko music so much: taiko is blue collar music, OLD SCHOOL blue collar music. Since ancient times taiko has been played by and for people who work hard like I do. Today groups like Takohachi that continue in that ancient tradition. In their songs I feel the passion and the struggle that it takes to play taiko. They play because they love it and it connects us all to something old and profound. For that reason I am grateful for the opportunity give what little I can to the wonderful members of Takohachi.
My most heartfelt thanks,

G. Lambros Skokie, IL

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