Fushu Daiko (Japan Arts Inc) educates and enriches the South Florida community by presenting traditional Japanese performing arts in a modern and innovative form that is unique to South Florida – reflecting the multicultural make-up of our ensemble and the South Florida culture in which we live.
In performances, classes, workshops, and community outreach programs, we promote healthy individuals and connected communities through the energetic experience of taiko drumming.
Fushu Daiko was founded in 1990 by Yoshiko Cane, an immigrant Japanese woman, and her husband, Charles Cane, an American man, who were initially involved in traditional Japanese dance and theatre. They became passionate about the art of Japanese ensemble drumming called “taiko” after watching festival performances in South Florida by a founder of North American Taiko, Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka and his San Francisco Taiko Dojo group.
Lacking the availability of taiko drumming locally, Fushu Daiko founders hand-made many drums, began the choreography and music development, and founded the philosophical principles that guide Fushu Daiko to this day. From simpler beginnings at the founders’ home in Plantation, Fushu Daiko now trains regularly at its dojo in Davie, Florida. As taiko is taught through oral tradition and requires specific teaching, Fushu Daiko’s Taiko training lineage includes assistance in its early years from Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka, Sensei Takemasa Ishikura of Orlando, Florida Matsuriza (residents at Disney’s Epcot), and other teachers.
Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka
Sensei Takemasa Ishikura
The nature of taiko drumming itself offers many healing and spiritual benefits. The effects created by entraining rhythms within and between the drummers and audiences enhance and align biorhythms. This strengthens the immune system, releases toxins, and helps to increase a state of wellbeing. Taiko drummers find practicing and performing can be a great stress relief.
The respect and rituals of the traditional taiko practice help to create a sense of value and honor between each other and for our elders and teachers. The efforts made within a group setting like a dojo can result in greater achievements than any individual will accomplish alone. By practicing taiko drumming, communication skills are improved and self-confidence inbuilt. The strenuous physical activity that taiko requires keeps the muscles in shape and helps to release pent up or unresolved emotions.
Audience members often report experiencing emotional releases and being moved to tears by the taiko performance. The joyful celebratory nature of taiko drumming helps to lift the spirits of those who are in the presence of the spectacle and vibrations. Ancient Japanese culture has brought forth the spirit of taiko that Fushu Daiko proudly represents.
Fushu Daiko has been recognized by the Consulate General of Japan in Miami and the Mayor of Miami, and has been invited by Grandmaster Tanaka for the group to appear as a special guest at his International Taiko Festival, we have been invited to appear three times at this prestigious Taiko community event. While Fushu Daiko has traveled domestically and internationally, our mission is to preserve, foster, cherish and promote traditional and contemporary Japanese performing arts for the enrichment and education of the South Florida community. In addition to Taiko drums, we include other instruments such as koto stringed-instrument, flutes like foe and shakuhachi, and other Japanese performing arts.
In January 2011, Fushu Daiko strategically changed to incorporate as a non-profit, which was an original vision of founder Yoshiko Cane. Since restructuring, we have put tremendous effort into building our non-profit management capabilities and publicly documenting the changes in our operations, which include moving the administration of our operations from a private, managing booking-agent, to an internal managing staff and highly engaged Board of Directors, which allows us to develop mission-oriented objectives, responsible for the oversight of the organization’s fiscal activity.
Fushu Daiko is a registered trademark of Japan Arts Inc, our non-profit corporate entity.
Fushu Daiko Performs Spirit Glades
Fushu Daiko Performs Spirit Glades
Beyond engaging public performances, Fushu Daiko focuses on training classes for students at South Florida Taiko Dojo, collaborating with artists of different genres for multi-cultural bridging, educating through workshops and lectures, and supporting local community efforts through our community outreach endeavor with hands-on demonstrations and community performances to benefit all ages in a variety of locations.
It is our belief that Taiko engages the human spirit beyond the vigorous training and athleticism required of its drummers. In addition to being a journey of personal growth and self-discovery, drummers play each part to then become one in unison, which invokes a sense of team and wholeness. From training to performance, the experiences are emotive with both the artists and the audience participating in a shared, cathartic moment. It is our hope that we can continue to inspire interest in Japanese cultural performing arts, educate and promote the art of Taiko in our local area, pass along cultural traditions to future Taiko drummers, enthusiasts, and the general public of all ages, and bring healthy benefits to individuals and communities.