This performance is offered free of charge thanks to a grant from the Mary Jo & Richard H. Stanley Human Conditions Grant through the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine.

More information can be found at www.japan-iowa.org/committees.

The name of the group translates as “Blue Sky” Taiko, and their goal is to share the ancient sounds of Taiko drumming under the blue skies of Iowa. The group, which is part of the Japan America Society of Iowa, began in March of 2011 with the idea to introduce and share the traditional Japanese art form with the community. Starting with only two Taiko drums, the group has gradually added more Taiko Drums, Japanese instruments, and the Japanese Lion Dance, or Shishimai. The group has performed at a number of events, such as IAA Asian Heritage Festival, school and community cultural events, and corporate gatherings.

Free Performance: Soten Taiko Japanese Drumming - October 15 Image