Taiko Drummers - Japanese Canadian Association of Yukon

Yukon Transportation Museum

30 Electra Crescent

Whitehorse, YT

In-person History & heritage Intercultural Museum Music Performance

Experience the amazingly powerful JCAY Taiko Drummers in the Main Gallery of the Yukon Transportation Museum. Spaces are limited. What is Taiko? https://web.stanford.edu/group/stanfordtaiko/cgi-bin/history.html In Japanese, taiko literally means "drum," though the term has also come to refer to the art of Japanese drumming, also known as kumi-daiko. Taiko has been a part of the Japanese culture for centuries. Centuries ago, taiko was used predominantly in the military arena. As it evolved, Japanese Buddhist and Shinto religions gradually began to take it on as a sacred instrument. Historically, it has existed in a multitude of other environments, including agrarian, theater, and the imperial court. The art of kumi-daiko, performance as an ensemble, originated post-war in Showa 26 (1951). It was created by Daihachi Oguchi, a jazz drummer who serendipitously stumbled across an old piece of taiko music. Wondering why taiko were never played together, he broke with tradition by forming a taiko drum ensemble. More recently, taiko has enjoyed not only a resurgence of interest in Japan, where there are over 4,000 taiko ensembles, but also transplantation and evolution in North America.

Sat 23 Oct
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

This event is free and will be accepting optional pay-what-you-may donations for admission.

Organized by

Yukon Transportation Museum & Japanese Canadian Association of Yukon

The Yukon Transportation Museum introduces people to Yukon ingenuity and self-sufficiency through history of transportation in the territory. The Japanese Canadian Association of Yukon works to promote, preserve & increase the understanding of Japanese culture and language, provide information and support to Japanese newcomers/visitors in the Yukon, organise social and recreational activities, and more...


30 Electra Crescent

Whitehorse, YT

Event Contact

Janna Swales



Japanese, English


This event is wheelchair accessible, and has gender-neutral washrooms.