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

ATUS/LATI intern arrives!

Introducing Janelle You, Asano Taiko US and LATI's intern! Janelle is a fantastic taiko player, hailing from Zenshin Daiko in Hawaii. She will be at our facility for the next two months, helping with a variety of office and store tasks and providing feedback on LATI pedagogy. She is also LATI's first full-time student, taking 6 classes a week. Welcome, Janelle!

Opening ceremonies a grand success!

Enthusiastic taiko friends (including Gaston from Argentina, Margaret from Winnipeg, and Zenshin from Maui!) filled 590 workshop, concert, lecture, and intensive slots in three fun-filled days at the new Asano Taiko U.S. facility! We had the privilege of being the first group to play the new drums and use the new soundproof rooms. Seven guest artists from Japan, plus Tanaka Sensei and PJ and Roy, gave lectures, performed, and taught workshops alongside me and Yuta.

Welcome to!

Welcome to, online home of the Los Angeles Taiko Institute! Here you will find information about LATI's extensive course offerings, the school's teaching staff, and the exciting music we teach and perform. We're still finalizing some aspects of the site but please take a look around and let us know if you have questions!