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Toko-ton Taiko perform the fluid and energetic Japanese cultural art form known as Taiko or Wadaiko (Japanese drumming). The group is made up of 3 experienced performers, Chie Kajiwara and Shinobu Takebata originally from Japan and Steve Mason from Australia.
Toko-ton delivers something different; playing a unique style of taiko that is not often seen outside of Japan. By having several drums and styles played by each member, the group showcase the diversity of taiko. Combined with other instruments such as Japanese flute and Japanese percussion, Toko-ton’s goal is to give the audience an authentic and enjoyable Japanese culture experience.
Toko-ton Taiko returns to Japan each year to connect to the origins of the art form allowing them to continually build on their knowledge and skills.
Over the years, the group have performed at a huge variety of locations including Sydney Opera House, GOMA, Brisbane City Hall, Suncorp stadium, Chinatown Mall, Queen St Mall and Brunswick St Mall to name a few. The group have performed for companies such as Toyota, UNIQLO, Fujitsu, Isuzu and Mercedes-Benz. Cultural events including Asia Pacific Screen Awards, BrisAsia Festival, Queensland Multicultural Festival and performances in Japan. Added to this, Toko-ton Taiko regularly visit schools, all over the region performing and doing workshops on a weekly basis. Each year Toko-ton also tour North Queensland and rural areas exposing students to Japanese culture through Taiko.