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Exadon with Masumi O’Brien – January Session

January 20 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm PST

Taiko Drumming for Health Promotion
with Masumi O’Brien

Saturday, January 20, 2024
Caspar Community Center
15051 Caspar Rd Box 84, Caspar, CA 95420

Session 1: 10:00 to 11:30 am
Exadon Class
Fee: $20

Session 2: 12:00 to 12:30 pm
Let’s Play Hachijo Daiko
Fee: Free (donations welcome)

Session 3: 1:00 to 2:30 pm
Taiko Basics + Learning a Song
Fee: $20 (Prerequisite: Exadon Class)
We will be focusing on learning a song or two to prepare for performance at the Mendocino Obon-Odori Festival in August. We will cover the Taiko Basics and a song. We strongly encourage taking the Exadon prior to taking this class.


EXADON is an innovative fitness program centered around enjoying taiko (traditional Japanese drums), performing arts, and physical activity. This initiative was launched in 2014 with two main purposes: health promotion and preventive healthcare. The name Exadon combines three words: “exercise,” “Sado,” an island in the Sea of Japan, and the sound of beating a taiko drum, “don.” The program aims to foster happiness in the community by connecting people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.

Masumi O’Brien was born and raised in Japan. She had never touched a Taiko drum until she moved to California. In 2013, she joined Sonoma County Taiko. As she began learning Taiko, she has witnessed and personally experienced a multitude of positive effects on both physical and mental well-being that Taiko can bring to individuals.

In 2022, Masumi became a certified facilitator for a program called “EXADON” which was jointly created by KODO, the world-renowned Taiko group and Dr. Yoshinori Morimoto, a clinical psychologist on Sado Island in Japan. The EXADON program aims for health promotion and preventive healthcare. Masumi hopes to extend the sense of camaraderie that Taiko can foster and share the joy and benefits of playing taiko together with many people.

For more information, please visit the EXADON website: www.exadon.com.


Note: Workshop participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a participating adult parent or guardian.


January 20
10:00 am - 2:30 pm PST
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