Welcome to Arashi Daiko’s web site!

If you have any questions that are not answered on our web site, please feel free to use our “Contact” form to send us an email and we will do our best to answer your questions. Enjoy your visit!


What’s New


With the onset of COVID-19 and the Quebec governments’ regulations, Arashi Daiko has ceased all of its activities, including classes and workshops, since the end of March. We take health and safety very seriously, particularly because there is increased risk with taiko due to the sweat, movement, and heavy breathing. As the situation is quickly evolving and impossible to predict, until further notice, we will not be resuming classes or workshops. If and when the time is appropriate, we will issue a new notice to announce the change of situation.

Thank you for your continued interest in Arashi Daiko. We hope to be able to respond to you in the near future.

Introduction to Taiko Workshops!

September 15, 22 and 29, 2019

Registration is now open for the introduction to Taiko Workshops!

This year Arashi Daiko will offer 4 taiko workshops on the following days in September:

  • Workshop 1: Sunday Sept. 15th from 10:00am to 1:00pm, FULL
  • Workshop 2: Sunday Sept. 15th from 2:00pm to 5:00pm, FULL
  • Workshop 3: Sunday Sept. 22nd from 10:00am to 1:00pm, FULL
  • or Workshop 4: Sunday Sept. 29th from 10:00am to 1:00pm. FULL

We have prioritized those on our mailing list and unfortunately, our workshops are already full (filled in less than 24hrs)! We would still invite you to register on our waiting list since if there are any cancellations or if we do not receive payment in time, we open these places to those on the waiting list. Thank you for your understanding and interest in taiko.

Location of workshops:
Japanese Cultural center of Montreal
14 year old and up
$40 per person (per workshop)
Maximum of 25 participants per workshop

Hope to see you at one of the workshops!

Arashi Daiko

Registration is now open for the introduction to Taiko Workshops!

This year Arashi Daiko will offer 4 taiko workshops on the following days in September:

Saturday Sept. 22nd from 10:00am to 1:00pm,
Saturday Sept. 22nd from 2:00pm to 5:00pm,
Sunday Sept. 23rd from 10:00am to 1:00pm,
Sunday Sept. 30th from 2:00pm to 5:00pm.

The workshops are now full. Please subscribe to our mailing list to be notified of 2019 workshop dates!

If you have already filled out the registration form and have not yet received a confirmation email, your name will be placed on the waiting list. Thank you for your understanding.

Happy Holidays from Arashi Daiko!

Hi everyone, we would like to extend our warmest wishes to all for a very happy holidays with friends and loved ones.

We would also like to take this opportunity to share with you our student blog post for December from Noah where he shares his experiences with Kazekko. Please enjoy reading his post here.

Warm wishes to all!
Arashi Daiko

Blog project

We are happy to have to opportunity to share some of our student’s taiko related stories and experiences with you through the blog over the next few months. This month we have a post by Charlène who recently and successfully took up the challenge of auditioning to join our advanced student group. You can read more about her story here. We look forward to sharing more stories with you from our students in the coming months. Enjoy!

Farewell Nobu-san

Arashi Daiko members and students bid a sad and sudden farewell to a very dear friend this past weekend, Nobuharu Yamaguchi. We knew Nobu san as a wonderful taiko player, a diligent, enthusiastic student, a skilled and meticulous drum maker, and most significantly a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. In all of his roles, he embodied a joyful spirit that always shone bright.

We are all so grateful to have had Nobu san in our lives, and are better people for having crossed paths with him. We are thankful to have had the opportunity to learn from his wisdom and vast life experience. We all admired his energy and determination, and can only aspire to live our lives as fully and openly as he did until his final moments.

On behalf of the Arashi Daiko family – members, students, past and present: we will continue to miss you Nobu san, but will listen for your voice whenever we play one of your taiko. We will support Sanae san and your family as best we can, and will look to your son and grand-daughters for a glimpse of your smile. Thank you for being an inspiration to us all, and for sharing your kind and generous heart with us. May you rest in peace.

Thank you!

We had a great weekend of workshops! Thank you all for sharing your energy with us! We hope you leave with good memories from your experience! See you next time 🙂

2017 workshops!

Workshop update: All of our workshops for this year are full. We are very much looking forward to meeting everyone who signed up ! See you soon 🙂

Interested in learning how to play Taiko? Sign up for our intro to taiko workshops which will take place in September. This year, Arashi Daiko will offer 4 workshops:

  • Friday Sept 15th, 6:30PM-9:30P FULL
  • Saturday Sept 16th, 9:30AM-12:30PM FULL
  • Saturday Sept 16th, 2:00PM-5:00PM FULL
  • Sunday Sept 17th, 10:00AM-1:00PM FULL

Registration details can be found on our workshop page. Don’t wait too long as workshops fill up quickly!

Thank you to Ed Nguyen for the great photo of our students taken during this year’s Matsuri!