Katsugi Taiko Workshop


A hands-on workshop on katsugi taiko, led by Kodo’s Masayuki Sakamoto. Participants will learn to play on three original Kodo instruments: the Kanade, Shimejishi and Hibiki. The new tuned okedaiko Kanade was designed by Sakamoto himself, built by craftsmen at Asano Taiko, and was awarded a Good Design Award. This workshop is for beginners. Come play taiko at EC – it will be a summer you’ll never forget!

Instructor Bio

katsugi_pfmar01Masayuki Sakamoto(KODO)
Masayuki Sakamoto entered the Kodo Apprentice Centre in 2003 and became a Kodo member in 2006. Mainly featured in solo or center positions on taiko drums, he is a pivotal performer who often emerges as a leader on stage, deftly performing Kodo’s wide-ranging repertoire with both power and sensitivity. Ever since his early days with the ensemble, Sakamoto has performed on both domestic and international tours. He collaborates with artists from a myriad of genres, and has also recently participated in works directed by other groups. Sakamoto is one of three drum soloists to appear in the climax of Kodo’s latest One Earth Tour production, “Chaos.” In 2015, he designed a tunable okedo daiko (barrel drum) called “Kanade,” which is now available from Asano Taiko. This innovative new taiko drum went on to win the “2015 Good Design Award.”

Date & Time

Aug. 27 (Sat) 10:00~12:00


Sado Island Taiko Centre (Tatakokan)


4,000 yen (drumstick rental included)


Age 15 and up, no experience necessary




In Japanese only


Please use the drumsticks provided. Make sure to wear comfortable clothes for movement.

Free shuttle bus

From Aug. 26 (Fri) through Aug. 28 (Sun) there will be a free shuttle bus in service to and from the EC Information Centre (Ogi Marine Plaza) and Tatakokan.

To Tatakokan (departs from EC Information Center): 30 minutes prior to all workshops.

To EC Information Centre (departs from Tatakokan via Shukunegi): 20 minutes after all workshops.

To utilize the shuttle bus service, please arrive before departure times. (There is no need to reserve seats for the shuttle.)



Earth Celebration Committee
  • Kodo Village, 148-1 Ogi Kanetashinden, Sado, Niigata 952-0611, Japan
  • Tel. 0259-81-4100(Mon-Fri, 9:30-17:00)Fax. 0259-86-3631
  • Email: ec-info@kodo.or.jp