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In the Spotlight

Support Taiko Taikai 2024

After witnessing an overwhelming success this past May, TaikoVentures is pleased to pledge funds and administrative support to the team assembling Taiko Taikai 2024, scheduled for May 18-19, 2024 at the Terasaki Budokan in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.

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A November to Remember!

TaikoVentures was honored to support two landmark performances: PJ and Roy Hirabayashi’s “The Race for Free Spirit – A 50 Year Uprising” and Seiichi Tanaka and San Francisco Taiko Dojo’s “55 years of Taiko in North America.”

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First Exadon Workshop in U.S.

On Sunday, October 15th, TaikoVentures Affiliate Masumi O’Brien hosted the first Exadon workshop ever held in North America. We were pleased to assist with the facilities rental and registration process.

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Welcome Aichan!

TaikoVentures was overjoyed to welcome Sponsored Vocationist Ai Matsuda in her return to the US. We were successful in obtaining a P-3 visa for Aichan without the use of a lawyer or expedited fees.

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Kenny Endo explains the various traditional and contemporary influences found in his signature piece, Symmetrical Soundscapes. (Photo credit: Patti Lee)

Inaugural LegacyLab a Success

Our LegacyLabs project aims to provide unique opportunities for the taiko community to interact with the most celebrated pioneers of North American taiko. The series opened with Senior Vocationist Kenny Endo teaching his signature piece, Symmetrical Soundscapes.

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About Us

TaikoVentures is...

  • a radical new MODEL for sustaining an arts economy.
  • an experiment in SELF SUFFICIENCY.
  • a way to REDUCE INEQUALITY.

What is the Taiko Economy?

The taiko economy includes all resources exchanged among members of the taiko community in support of the artform and its people. This includes money paid for performances, classes, workshops, conferences, instruments, and space.

Who are the Taiko Vocationists?

A taiko vocationist is an individual who relies on the taiko economy for their livelihood.

What is a Hui?

Hui is a word from the Hawaiian language. As a noun, hui refers to a club or collective of like-minded individuals with common interests. As a verb, hui means to pool resources towards a common goal.

What is TaikoVentures?

TaikoVentures LLC is a company founded by Sue Kanagawa Yuen to create radical systemic change towards a sustainable taiko economy by:

  • moving taiko vocationists from the gig economy to the economic stability of traditional employment, and
  • providing taiko enthusiasts with new mechanisms to support taiko vocationists.

TaikoVentures is a Hui​

TaikoVentures is a Hui to support the Taiko VocationistsIt is a community that believes a robust taiko economy is required for taiko vocationists to thrive and spread the positive cultural and artistic values of taiko.

Meet the Team

Senior Vocationists​

Our Senior Vocationists are highly recognized taiko pioneers who brought the art form to North America and nurtured it for over 50 years. They have been hired by TaikoVentures to document their personal histories and work on projects to preserve their legacies.

Seiichi Tanaka

Seiichi Tanaka

Jeanne Mercer

Jeanne Mercer

Russel Baba

Russel Baba

Roy Hirabayashi

Roy Hirabayashi

PJ Hirabayashi

PJ Hirabayashi

Kenny Endo

Kenny Endo

Chizuko Endo

Chizuko Endo

Sponsored Vocationists

Our Sponsored Vocationists are at various stages in their taiko careers. They have allowed TaikoVentures to study their current business practices and experiment with ways to improve them. Through blog posts and public programs, they will be sharing their experiences and contributing to the body of knowledge that will ultimately improve the industry for all.

Stuart Paton

Stuart Paton

Tiffany Tamaribuchi

Tiffany Tamaribuchi

Ai Matsuda

Ai Matsuda

Rome Hamner

Rome Hamner

Sydney Shiroyama

Sydney Shiroyama

Walter Nishinaka

Walter Nishinaka

Staff

This team of individuals are working in various capacities to support the vocationists and their projects. Led by TaikoVentures Founder Sue Kanagawa Yuen, the staff includes highly skilled individuals with specialities in areas such as HR, finance, technology, communications, and program administration.

Sue Kanagawa Yuen

Sue Kanagawa Yuen

Lindsay Brown-Gruis

Lindsay Brown-Gruis

Sarah Gilbert

Sarah Gilbert

Yumi Ishihara

Yumi Ishihara

Arthur Mok

Arthur Mok

Yumi Myoraku

Yumi Myoraku

Jade Ogoshi

Jade Ogoshi

Abena Oteng-Agipong

Abena Oteng-Agipong

Heidi Varian

Heidi Varian

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TaikoVentures LLC
P.O. Box 28256
San Jose, CA 95159​