FREE BACHI!? The Pre-ECTC Questionnaire


This year we are conducting a survey to find out how well ECTC serves your needs as taiko players. Here is a  >>PRE-CONFERENCE SURVEY<<  consisting of 6 questions that should take less than 3 minutes to complete. After the conference you’ll receive a slightly longer post-event survey.

We hope you’ll participate in both the pre-conference and post-conference surveys as they come with possible prizes!  Through the generosity of Asano Taiko US and kaDON/Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten:

  • One lucky participant in the pre-conference survey will win a pair of *NEW* Miyamoto LeoBravo Katsugi Bachi.
  • One lucky participant in the post-conference survey will win a pair of *NEW* Asano Taiko Chu Bachi.

To enter the drawing, just be sure to include your name at the end of the survey AND submit your response by the end of the Welcome Remarks (9 a.m. EST, Saturday, February 18)!  If you’ve already completed the survey, your name will automatically be entered in the drawing.

Thanks so much for your participation!

Updated Schedule!

Here’s our newly updated conference schedule with more accurate times, locations, and events:


A few notes:

  • If you do not understand the schedule, don’t fret!  We will carefully review the conference schedule during the Welcome Remarks.
  • Registration check-in will take place all afternoon on Friday. If you are not able to arrive before midnight on Friday, please let us know.
  • Breakfast will be provided on Saturday and Sunday only. Lunch will be provided on Saturday only.
  • The Taiko Community Meeting will be an open discussion following the Final Concert to discuss future ECTCs.
  • TAIKOx Talks will be an hour-long series of short presentations on various taiko topics from some of our favorite taiko professionals!


Allergy Forms and Hotel Reminder!

Responses needed!

We apologize for the inconvenience, but our catering services requested that every participant with a dietary restriction complete an allergy form by February 7. Please upload your completed forms here! It’ll only take 2 minutes!

Hotel Reservations

Don’t forget, if you haven’t reserved your hotels, our rates are going fast! Head over to Accommodations to take advantage of the deals we’ve gotten you all!

T-shirt Design and Taiko Group Bios!

Finally finally! We’re excited to showcase our design for the conference t-shirt this year!


No worries if you decided not to get one in your registration, simply just shoot us an email at with your size and we’ll add it to our order. Note that we’ve also added the size XL, so if you would like that option (or change your previous choice), simply indicate this in your email!

There will be a few extra t-shirts at the conference as swag, but we won’t be able to guarantee size and availability!

Additionally, the first round of taiko bios is out on our Facebook event page! You can also keep checking the growing list of diverse participants at our Groups page.

Special Guest Announcement: Hase Mikita & Ishindaiko

Gendo Taiko is thrilled to welcome Hase Mikita & Ishindaiko to the ECTC community. Both Hase Mikita and Ishindaiko will lead workshops on Saturday and Sunday as well as perform during the Final Concert.  Check out their bios (below and on our Professionals page) and be sure to look for their workshop offerings!

Hase Mikita

Hase Mikita was born and raised in Shizuoka, Japan and began playing taiko at age 8.  By age 23, Hase was playing taiko professionally, teaching children taiko, composing original pieces, and entering taiko competitions.

Starting his professional career in 1998, Hase became a disciple of Eitetsu Hayashi, a pioneer of the solo taiko performance style. He still continues to tour as one of the core members of Eitetsu’s ensemble ‘Eitetsu FU-UN no KAI.’

Hase founded two taiko groups: “Ryu-in Daiko” (Dragon-Sound Taiko Ensemble) at Shizuoka National University and, in 2000, “Yo-Soro.” Hase is currently the composer and artistic director of Yo-Soro. As a soloist, Hase has collaborated with various artists including Kabuki actors, Jazz musicians, classical symphonies, DJ’s, Samurai swordsmen, Spanish dance company, Butoh dance company and many others.


Ishindaiko is a taiko group founded in 2003, in Londrina, Brazil. The name ISHINDAIKO translates to “one-heart-drum,” a mantra the group always carries. Currently, the group is composed of 40 taiko players between the ages of 8 and 28. The group’s most influential teachers are Yoichi Watanabe, Isaku Kageyama, Yukihisa Oda, Daihachi Oguchi, Yoshikazu Fujimoto, and Yoko Fujimoto. Ishindaiko is the currently the most awarded Taiko group in Brazil.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to email us at See you soon  🙂

Workshop Enrollment & Hotel Reminder!


Early registration and Tier II registration for ECTC 2017 has officially closed. If you have not registered yet, don’t worry! Registration prices will not change for Tier III registration. However, please note that registration will CLOSE on Feb. 10 and refunds will not be given after Feb. 3.


>>Enrollment for workshops is now open!<<  Before you sign-up, be sure to check out our Workshops page for workshop details.

Submit workshop preference forms by Jan. 23 to ensure placement.

Please note the following:

  • If you submit the workshop preference form, but have not registered for the conference, your preferences will not be accepted.
  • On the workshop preference form, indicate your name and email used to register for ECTC.
  • All workshop offerings are subject to change.
  • We will assign participants to their workshop preferences based on registration tier.


Please remember to book your hotel rooms now, if you have not already! Many of our special ECTC 2017 rates expire in less than a week and rooms are running out!

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to email us at See you soon  🙂