Sakura Taiko Takeover

On Sunday March 31 from noon to 6pm, among the cherry blossoms at the ANA Tidal Basin Stage, the Sakura Taiko Takeover will feature Japanese drumming performances from more than eight Japanese drumming groups sharing their passion for music, culture, and community. This event started as a small festival in Maryland and has grown each year, showcasing a range of different drumming styles and celebratingJapanese cultural and artistic traditions from professional, community, and Buddhist taiko groups. Last year, local hosts Miyako Taiko and Mark H Taiko brought six taiko groups from up and down the east coast to the cherry blossoms for the first-ever Taiko Takeover extravaganza. From traditional community favorites to modern Japanese-African fusion, the groups wowed an audience that included families, members of the Japanese-American community, artists, and many folks experiencing taiko for the first time. In 2019 we are excited to bring an even bigger taiko event to the center of the cherry blossom action at the Tidal Basin!

Getting here: The Tidal Basin is within easy walking distance of the Smithsonian (Blue/Orange lines) and L’Enfant Plaza (Blue/Green/Orange/Silver/Yellow lines) Metro stations. There is also street parking nearby, as well as numerous parking garages. Weather: The show will go on in nice weather, cold weather, or light rain, but if the rain gets too heavy, the event will have to pause or cancel.

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