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

Isaku Kageyama 8-Week Odaiko Course!

Isaku Kageyama 8-Week Odaiko Course!

The 8-Week Odaiko Course will cover:

1. Fundamental Odaiko technique for dynamic form and solid sound
2. Ensemble performance techniques for executing pieces in common contemporary taiko settings
3. Improvisational techniques for flexibility and musical expression.

Participants will learn two pieces - “Agari Yatai” by Yoichi Watanabe, and “Rhythm of Your Soul” by Isaku Kageyama. Participants can expect to gain a deeper understanding of both fundamental and applied Odaiko techniques.

The Art and Study of Taiko with LATI (AKA Bonenkai)

@The Armstrong Theater in the Torrance Cultural Arts Center

Staff and students of Asano Taiko US and LATI (Los Angeles Taiko Institute) present contemporary and traditionally inspired taiko repertoire in their end-of-year recital. Music is interspersed with explanations of the roots and context of taiko, a demonstration of the "kuchishoga" aural teaching method, taiko making and commentary on the challenges of learning Japanese drums.

Odaiko WS with Isaku Kageyama

Participants will learn fundamental Odaiko techniques such as grip, stance, and stroke.
Focus on creating powerful, dynamic motion and producing a solid sound.
Learn the composition “Agari Yatai” by Yoichi Watanabe (, founder of Amanojaku.
Sign up→

影山伊作さんのWSをASANO TAIKO U.S.で開催する事になりました!

Upcoming Events

World Taiko Conference November 20, 2020