December 29, 2016

In November, Narukami Taiko participated in the Wellington Japan Festival. After a week of activities and exhibitions, Festival Day took place at the TSB Arena with a line up of stage performances taking place while various stalls, displays and workshops were set up around the venue. As well as events featuring martial arts, moochi making, calligraphy, dance and cosplay, four taiko teams from the lower North Island all perform...

June 18, 2016

Wellington Sport invited Narukami Taiko to perform at the Wellington Sportsperson of the Year Awards on Wednesday 15thJune. We first drummed continuously outside the TSB Arena while guests were arriving, and then performed a piece on stage at the end of the night.

With three drums set up outside the TSB Arena, six of us took turns to jump in and out, keeping the beats of Jitou and Wachi Daiko playing, each for about 15 minutes...

February 17, 2016

Narukami Taiko have moved!
After two years of holding classes primarily in Whitireia Performing Arts Centre, they advised us that we make too much noise and couldn’t practice there anymore. Thankfully we’ve found two new venues for our 2016 term 1 classes. The Sunday and Tuesday beginner classes are being held in the Aro Valley Community Centre, and the Monday beginner and Thursday intermediate/advanced classes are taking plac...

February 2, 2016


In December we were lucky to host Graham from the Australian-based taiko percussion duo YuNiOn for two workshop sessions. Some of our members met Graham and his wife Masae when they led workshops as part of TaikoFest 2015 in Auckland in November. Following TaikoFest they spent some time touring New Zealand with their family, so Jessie was able to arrange for Graham to come to Wellington for workshops on a Friday evening and S...

January 5, 2016

While we were up in Auckland for Taikofest we had the opportunity to take two taiko drums to their original maker, Brian Grove from Tamashii Taiko, to get the skins replaced. One skin had been scheduled for repair for some time as it had warped and turned flabby. The other drumskin had broken a week prior when hit during practice, earning one team member the nickname “The Drumbreaker”! Luckily Brian had two skins available to...

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