I jumped right into taiko here, and owe you a bit of a self-introduction.
My first taiko group was in the state of Ohio, Icho Daiko (November 2003-June 2004). During my time with Icho Daiko, Portland Taiko came to Oberlin College to perform and give workshops. I'd been practicing for a couple of months at that time and had never seen a real taiko performance. They were energetic and powerful, but most of all, inspiring. I became motivated to learn all I could about taiko.
I was offered an apprenticeship with Seattle Kokon Taiko from December 2004 and offered membership 8 months later. I stayed with SKT until 2007.
Currently, I live in Wakayama Prefecture in Japan. I am a member of Shippu Uchi Daiko and practice with them on Sundays for 7 hours. On Wednesdays I take private lessons with Ryo Shimamoto for 3 hours and Fridays I practice on my own for a few hours.
Recently my taiko group here in Japan was invited to perform at the Japan Taiko Festival. Check back tomorrow to read about my experience as a staff member for that performance.