Summer Taiko Institute

Shishi-mai with master-lion-dancer Suzuki Kyosuke
August 15 - 17, 2011
Location: San Jose Taiko Studio
Tuition: $450

The Summer Taiko Institute (STI), is a 3-day intensive, hands-on taiko program, immediately prior to Taiko Conference. Interested individuals can apply for the program below and applications are now being accepted!

Don't miss this rare opportunity to learn from Suzuki Kyosuke, an engaging and enthusiastic teacher, regarded by many as the "best shishi-mai dancer," of Tokyo!


We are very pleased to announce that the 2011 Summer Taiko Institute will be lead by lion-dance-master and musician, Suzuki Kyosuke of Tokyo, Japan! This is an extremely rare opportunity to learn the cultural, musical, and dance elements of traditional shishi-mai dance. Alongside the unique choreography, participants learn the compelling taiko, percussion, and flute accompaniments. Taiko Conference is extremely excited to offer this opportunity to the North American taiko community!

Shishi-mai with master-lion-dancer Suzuki Kyosuke teaches the Wakayama-Shachu style of shishi-mai, teaching the concepts and techniques of the cat-like movements. Participants also learn the musical elements supporting the dance, including shime-daiko okedo rhythms, yokobue (Japanese bamboo flute) melodies, and atarigane (hand gong) patterns.

About Suzuki Kyosuke

Suzuki Kyosuke is a master musician and dancer of the Wakayama Performance Troupe, touring internationally, and performing regularly at the prestigious National Theater of Japan. He collaborates regularly with world-renowned taiko groups including Oedo Sukeroku Taiko, Amanojaku, and the Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble.

Suzuki is a premier performer and teacher of Edo Bayashi (Tokyo festival music), with a well-respected "Kyo-no-kai" school for private lessons. He also teaches at the Kunitachi College of Music, Kaijou Junior and Senior High Schools, and Sankei Gakuen Cultural Center.

Suzuki studied under Wakayama Taneo of the Wakayama School, recognized by the Japanese Ministry of Culture to be an “Important Intangible Cultural Property of Fine Arts,” learning all aspects of the shishi-mai ensemble including flute, taiko, percussion, and lion dance.


Shishi-mai with master-lion-dancer Suzuki Kyosuke is $450 and includes the following.

  • A total of 24 hours of hands-on lesson time (8 hours x 3 days)
  • Lunch on Aug 15, 16, 17
  • Dinner with Suzuki Kyosuke on August 17
  • Shuttle service to and from local hotels

Tuition for Summer Taiko Institute does not include registration for Taiko Conference. STI participants who wish to attend Conference should register separately at Conference Registration.

Discounted Lodging

San Jose Japantown Holiday Inn Express is generously offering this year's participants a "Spirit of Japantown" discount room rate. STI participants can reserve rooms for $59-$89/night for a single-bed, standard room, and $69-$99 for a double-bed standard room (sleeps two people). Details will be provided to accepted participants.