Being a professional drummer or performer is the dream of so many people around the world but for member’s of Kodo, it’s a reality. Their career is Taiko Drumming as a performance art, on tour around the world. When they’re at home on Sado Island, they’re practicing which is more like living and working. Kodo is not just a place to learn Taiko drums. It’s not just a school. It’s a place where you learn life’s most important lessons, build a connection with nature and become someone greater than before – a leader – which is part of their grueling 2-year apprentice program. The dream of making the taiko drum a career is real for the group of dreamers who formed Kodo in 1981. This is the story of Kodo and the journey of their lives in the pursuit of the perfect beat.

Kodo at Earth Celebration 2019