This year Shumei International institute in Crestone will be celebrating 15 years! Taiko Master Sensei Koji Nakamura will be performing with members of Shumei’s Los Angeles based Makoto Taiko as well as some local Crestone performers. Koji started his taiko drumming career in 1982, and through great devotion and discipline, developed outstanding taiko drumming skills and is now considered to be one of the best taiko performers in the U.S.  He is also one of the featured musicians on the 2007 Grammy® award winning Paul Winter Consort album: CRESTONE. This album celebrates the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Great Sand Dunes, and the San Luis Valley of Southern Colorado.


Japanese Taiko has gained popularity as a musical performance throughout the world. Taiko was originally performed for dedication at Matsuri (the Japanese word for festivals). Shumei International Institute’s taiko has been described as not only entertainment, but also the direct expression of ‘Kanno Doko’ the Japanese term for the moment when human prayers interchanges with Divine Light. Our taiko is offered as a prayer and dedication for world peace. Shumei also practices taiko as an aspect of art and beauty, which is one of the main principles of the organization.


Come join us on May 20th for a day of celebration! Taiko begins at 2:30pm, but there is a full day of events to enjoy. Check out the full schedule at