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Exadon with Masumi O’Brien – March Session

March 9 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm PST

Taiko Drumming for Health Promotion
with Masumi O’Brien

Saturday, March 9, 2024
Community Center of Mendocino
998 School St. PO Box 551, Mendocino CA 95460

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

Session 2: 12:00 to 12:30 pm
Open Session – Song Review Class
Fee: Free (donations welcome)

We will go over a song you learned in the Exadon and Beyond class.

Session 3: 1:00 to 2:30 pm
Exadon and Beyond Class
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.


March 9
10:00 am - 2:30 pm PST
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