Stockton Bukkyo Taiko

Stockton Bukkyo Taiko

Stockton, California, United States

Founded 1990

Basic Information

    Buddhist Church of Stockton
    Artistic Director and "Board" (President, Artistic Director, Secretary, Treasurer, Historian) with Performing Members voting to make decisions for our non-profit organization.
    The purpose of this organization shall be to offer its members the opportunity to learn and practice taiko while being respectful of the traditions of the Buddhist church.

Background Information

Group's Mission and Motivation

Members of our organization perform taiko at Temple events as well as the community at large, with the goal of inspiring others and sharing the joy of the taiko experience.  We study taiko and provide instruction and equipment to players of all backgrounds and abilities.

Group History
Describe how, where, and why the ensemble was founded. What was its inspiration?

Reverend David Matsumoto founded Stockton Bukkyo Taiko in 1990 at the Buddhist Church of Stockton. Rev. Dave and Mas Ishihara, inspired by the philosophy of the buddhist "Kinnara" Taiko movement, opened Stockton Bukkyo Taiko to all people who were interested in playing taiko.

Performances, Recordings, Publications

Instructors, Teachers & Mentors
List the instructors, teachers and mentors who have worked with the ensemble.

Kiyono Kishi is our artistic director. We have attended workshops given by Kristy Oshiro, San Jose Taiko, Kris Bergstrom, On Ensemble, Russel Baba and Jeanne Mercer. Many of us have attended the North American Taiko Conferences.


Aeko Yoshikawa
2820 Shimizu Drive
Stockton, CA, US


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