On Saturday, March 28 from 11am to 6pm among the cherry blossoms at the ANA Tidal Basin Stage, the Sakura Taiko Takeover at the Tidal Basin will feature performances by a slew of Japanese drumming groups from across the East Coast sharing their passion for music, culture, and community.
This year’s lineup includes the event’s first international participant, Oto-Wa Taiko from Canada, as well as Columbia Taiko and Taiko Tides from New York, Swarthmore Taiko Ensemble from Pennsylvania, and River City Taiko and Nen Daiko from Virginia. Nearly all of these groups are taking part in the event for the first time. Local hosts Miyako Taiko, MHT Connection, and the Mark H Taiko School will also perform.
The Sakura Taiko Fest started as a small festival in Maryland in 2013 and has grown each year to celebrate Japanese cultural and artistic traditions from community, collegiate, and Buddhist taiko groups. Since 2018, the festival has been held at the center of the cherry blossom action by the famous Tidal Basin. Showcasing a range of drumming styles from traditional favorites to modern Japanese-American fusion, each year this taiko extravaganza has wowed an audience of families, members of the Japanese-American community, artists, and those experiencing taiko for the first time.