Different ways we show up
The story of taiko drumming in South Florida is the story of Fushu Daiko from its beginning in 1990, bringing the art form to South Florida, steering it to the present, and turning thirty in 2020.
Our taiko group was started by an exceptionally charismatic Japanese woman and a highly spirited and determined American man. Their way of taiko was powerfully expressive. She was a student of Classical Japanese Dance and Buddhism. That open enthusiasm and spiritual generosity underpin Fushu Daiko’s character.
Our music combines the traditional drums and rhythms of Japan with musical styles from around the world, such as jazz and rhythm and blues, to create an exciting, powerful cross-cultural experience that strives to cross boundaries and creates connections in the hearts of those who hear the taikos beat. The spirit in which Taiko drumming is played touches people in the audience in a deep and meaningful way.
“Ben Miller and Jeff Hollen of Fushu Daiko thwacked out rhythmic drum pulses with tremendous vehemence, even clicking castanets, in a work in which Kaufman, with amazingly innovative imagination, has bridged a gap between polar extremes of culture. Stunning.”
James Roos, Miami Herald
“When members of the Fushu Daiko performance troupe take the stage, they bang their instruments with the force of their entire bodies, using a combination of martial arts, dance, and taiko drumming.”
Deirdra Funcheon, New Times Palm Beach
“As rhythmic pulsing reverberates throughout the Arena, this spirited bunch marches to the beat of their own drums!”
The Heat Experience Magazine, NBA
“They added dancers and fused other elements, like movement, while still keeping a formal concert format. It’s all about being in harmony with the elements....It’s a wonderful sensation”
Tal Abbady, Sun-Sentinental
“Bam!!! The first strike smacks your ears. The sound rises up through your chest, pounds in your lungs. Rat-a-ta-tat. Thud . Thud. Thud. It’s terrific!!”
Sonja Isger, The Palm Beach Post
“Fushu Daiko have clearly succeeded in increasing the interest of Floridians about Japan, and your contributions have been instrumental in building greater understanding and strengthening the bonds that bridge both our peoples.”
Hideaki Asahi, Consul General of Japan
“They are called Fushu Daiko and they beat their drums in perfect unision, pounding and rattling a fierce rhythm that became almost mesmerizing.”
Claire Booth, Delray Beach Times
2041 SW 70th Ave. #D2
Davie, FL 33317
Japan Arts Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Tax ID # 27-4555533. All proceeds charged for services are used to fund cultural arts activities and education for our community.