Jun Daiko


Japanese kumidaiko

Based in Mountain View, Jun Daiko practices and teaches the art of kumidaiko, or Japanese group drumming.

In 2014, Jun Daiko received a grant from ACTA's Living Cultures Grants Program to support a mentorship with master artist Kyosuke Suzuki.  He will instruct the ensemble in the artform of Edo Kotobuki Jishi, or the lion dance of old Tokyo.  The Japanese lion dance, or shishimai, is well-known in Japan, but rarely performed in America.  Unlike its Chinese counterpart, the Japanese lion dance was not brought over by Japanese American immigrants for use in community celebrations.  Suzuki-sansei's residency with Jun Daiko aims to bring more awareness about this artform and perpetuate it as a performance tradition.

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Members of Jun Daiko (Photo courtesy of Jun Daiko)
Members of Jun Daiko performing shishimai, or the Japanese lion dance (Photo courtesy of Jun Daiko)
Members of Jun Daiko performing shishimai, or the Japanese lion dance (Photo courtesy of Jun Daiko)

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