Women and Taiko

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Increasing the Visibility of Women in the Art Form

Taiko is a dynamic art form that is very old yet changing rapidly. About 2/3 of taiko players in North America are women, and taiko’s gendered history is fundamentally part of its beauty and power. This website offers resources and models for how women have been central to taiko from the beginning. We believe that the North American taiko community is often radically inclusive in its aspirations yet has over-emphasized masculine ideas about authority, skill, and leadership. This website aims to tell a different story about taiko and gender.

Steering Committee
Karen Young
Sarah Ayako
Pat Calvelo
Deborah Wong