Portland Taiko


Portland Taiko’s mission statement: Through innovation and artistic excellence in taiko, we affirm Asian-American pride, inspire audiences, build community, and educate about our culture and heritage.

Portland Taiko founders, Ann Ishimaru and Zach Semke, were central figures responsible for creating Portland’s first Mochitsuki in 1996. Since then Portland Taiko has always been important for Mochitsuki’s continued success.

Portland Taiko has shared the performing stage with our community partners since the beginning and we will continue to be one of the main performing groups for this tradition with renewed energy and excitement.

Mochitsuki is a critical cultural event in the Asian American and Japanese American communities. It is a special time to appreciate and share our diverse heritage with each other. Come and join us at PSU – lots of fun and delicious food to be had at the 2017 Mochitsuki!