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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.

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.

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

Yumi Ishihara

Yumi Ishihara

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​