LATI Introduction

The Los Angeles Taiko Institute (LATI) is a dedicated taiko (Japanese drumming) school in Torrance, CA offering 12-week courses, drop-in classes, multi-day intensives, and one-time workshops on a variety of taiko topics.

The "Learn-Taiko!" link above provides the full list of classes at the Institute!

LATI is housed at Asano Taiko U.S. a full-service taiko maker offering exquisite Japanese drums and accessories, as well as on-site taiko repair and reskinning.

Los Angeles Taiko Institute/Asano Taiko U.S. location:
20909 S. Western Ave.
Torrance, CA 90501

Taiko New Year’s Resolution Project

Join us in making 2014 a year of great taiko! Here at LATI we're setting personal goals and sharing them with each other.
Join us by filling out this form with your resolution.
We'll post them at the facility along with ours and to keep you honest, we'll check in on July 1 and see how it's going. By sharing your aspirations, you'll also help LATI better know the community's needs.
Here's to a great taiko year!

Omiyage Class Week 1 - Student Perspective

My name is Derek Oye and I am currently a student at the Los Angeles Taiko Institute (LATI) hosted by Asano Taiko US. In order to improve my skills and connect with other taiko players, I decided to enroll in the 12-week course “Naname Patterns: Omiyage Chu-Part” on Sundays from 2-3:30pm (

2014 New Year's Taiko Resolution - Jen Baik

My goals this year are:

1) To continue focusing on small drum technique and would also like to focus on strengthening my left hand

2) Finish 30 Days to Shime in its entirety at least once

3) Get awesome at tsugagaki!! Who wants to practice? :)

4) Explore odd time and meters outside of 4/4

5) Start running again to build endurance to help improve my taiko and general well-being

2014 New Year's Taiko Resolution - Jason Osajima

My 2014 Taiko Goals are-

1) Compose two new songs (so I don’t end up becoming a one-hit wonder). Once I am done with both, I want to film them and release them to the taiko community as open source. The first song is on the way, entitled “Villians.”

2) Find ways to incorporate fitness/strength training into my taiko practice regiment.

3) Update my taiko fashion from soccer shorts and under armour tights to something more swagtastic. That look was so 2008...

2014 New Year's Taiko Resolution - David Wells

My goals this year are to continue to explore melodic composition and to find more and more ways to inspire people to have fun in practice while also developing and strengthening taiko and musical fundamentals (since I know it's hard for everyone to be as jazzed about basic technique as I am ^^v).

Here's a quick sample of me and my friends Maz, Doug, and Jenny practicing a piece I'm developing -- with inspiration from my friend Emily! -- for double (diatonic) marimba and shinobue.

Homemade drums by LATI students

Check out our students creative solutions for practicing at home! The first image is Andres' fan drum, built from a white-duct-tape-wrapped iron ring mounted to a fan stand. Recycled adjustability! The second image is of Brian's tire and bucket drums. Note the use of dowels at the top and bottom of the tire drum for proper rim tones. Delightful!

Here's to more great practice in 2014!