Fushu Daiko About Fushu Daiko, our founders, performers and community

Florida's Big Drum


Since 1990, Fushu Daiko has been training in the art of Taiko, a musical art form that builds on a 2600+ year old tradition of Japanese drumming.

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 connect cultures.

Our resume includes:

  • Live concerts: US and abroad
  • International taiko festivals
  • Collaborations with Grammy nominated artists

Our Training


Our Training

The training began with Sensei Yoshiko Cane and Sensei Charles Cane who formed the group in September of 1990. Then, with generous help from Grandmaster Sensei Seiichi Tanaka of San Francisco Taiko Dojo, and other great and generous Taiko Sensei, Fushu Daiko has become powerful and spirited performers in the art of Japanese Taiko Drumming. Fushu Daiko stuns live audiences with their thundering rhythms, dynamic movements, and intense showmanship.

Japanese taiko is more that 2,600 years old.  Originally it was used only in holy shrines. Later it moved onto the battlefield, and now it is mostly seen in a festival setting. The art of Japanese drumming requires vigorous training and athleticism. Fushu Daiko trains weekly at its dojo in Davie, Florida.

Recognition


Recognition

Fushu Daiko has been recognized by the Mayor of Miami and the Consulate General of Japan in Miami for creating a greater understanding of the Japanese culture in our community and strengthening the bonds between Florida, USA, and Japan.

"Your music, which blends martial arts and the skill of drumming, has delighted South Florida audiences and provided a powerful and unforgettable sample of Japanese art. You 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."

-- Consul General of Japan - Hideaki Asahi
Yoshiko Tokuda Carlton
Yoshiko Carlton
Hideki Matsuda
Hideki Matsuda
Ben Miller
Ben Miller
Greg Williams
Greg Williams
Jeff Hollen
Jeff Hollen
Naomi Morishita
Naomi Morishita
Yukako Beatty
Yukako Beatty
Jen Hoffman
Jen Hoffman
Chris Hudspeth
Chris Hudspeth
Ben Hoffman
Ben Hoffman
Betsy Toguchi
Betsy Toguchi

Charles & Yoshiko Cane


Charles & Yoshiko Cane

Fushu Daiko was founded and began training in 1990 under the guidance of Sensei Yoshiko Cane and her husband, Sensei Charles Cane.

Sensei Charles Cane hand made almost all of Fushu Daiko's original drums, many of which are still used by the group today. Sensei Yoshiko Cane choreographed and taught many of the rhythms to the group.

Fushu Daiko received assistance in its early years from grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka, who established the first American Taiko dojo in San Francisco in 1968, and Sensei Yoshihisa Ishikura of Orlando’s Matsuriza.

Together the founders of Fushu Daiko gifted us with loyalty, dedication, and a great passion for taiko drumming.

The Six Original Members of Fushu Daiko - Our Mentors


Yoshiko Cane
Yoshiko Cane
Charles Cane
Charles Cane
Kendall Covin
Kendall Covin
Yoshiko Carlton
Yoshiko Carlton
Hideki Matsuda
Hideki Matsuda
Karl Sturman
Karl Sturman
Yoshiko Cane

We will always remember the mother of Fushu Daiko. May she rest in peace.