After coming back to Brazil (April, 2008), I joined the Taiko organizing committee of the Commemoration of 100 years of the Japanese Immigration.

I helped during the trainings and presentation of the music Kizuna, composed by the grandmaster Oguchi Daihachi (my mentor during the scholarship), in Sao Paulo and Parana. In Sao Paulo, the music was performed by more than 1000 taiko players; and in Rolandia (Parana), it was performed by 120 taiko players.
And both presentations were witnessed by the Prince of Japan.

In Londrina, we made a big commemoration too.

Helping with these trainings and organization, gave me the opportunity to make contact with the taiko groups I was training before going to Japan. Talking to them, I could find out about the reality of the taiko groups in Parana. How some groups had grown, becoming stronger; whereas, others were having difficulties as members were leaving the groups.

After finishing with the celebrations for the 100 years of Immigration, I could start focusing on my work. I started giving taiko classes and began with the reforms of my old factory, in order to start the taiko production. But re-starting my work has not been an easy job, and without the help and support of my family, it would not have been possible.

I have been giving taiko training in two formats: weekend workshops and weekly classes. These are the cities where I have been giving taiko classes:

From Parana:

  • Apucarana

  • Arapongas

  • Assai
  • Astorga

  • Castro

  • Londrina: Hikari

  • and Ishindaiko

  • Ponta Grossa
  • Maua da Serra

  • Rolandia

From Sao Paulo:

  • San Miguel Paulista

In January 2009, I visited Buenos Aires with the local taiko group Ishindaiko. We were invited by Medetaiko, local taiko group, to make two presentations and give a workshop for them. This visit gave me the opportunity to see how the taiko is developing in Argentina.

My future plans are to focus more on the productions of taikos and to build a place where I can give taiko practices and work on taikos.