Omiyage Class Week 1 - Student Perspective

My name is Derek Oye and I am currently a student at the Los Angeles Taiko Institute (LATI) hosted by Asano Taiko US. In order to improve my skills and connect with other taiko players, I decided to enroll in the 12-week course “Naname Patterns: Omiyage Chu-Part” on Sundays from 2-3:30pm (

LATI at CicLAvia this Sunday!

Join LATI staff and students next weekend for a day of biking and taiko!

Sunday, Oct 6, a group of us will be riding from Asano Taiko US towing a small set of drums to downtown Los Angeles to participate in CicLAvia. The event opens major streets in Los Angeles to biking, skating, and walking. It's one of my very favorite LA events.

Intern Input Day: 18

Asano Youth Classes at LATI have begun! I started playing taiko at the age of 7 and it has been a huge and beneficial part of my life. Being a member of a youth taiko organization like Zenshin Daiko and growing up with a bunch of other kids the same age as me who also enjoyed taiko helped me make life-long friends. I learned taiko, discipline, but most of all found a passion that I will keep with me for the rest of my life. Everything that I have learned since the beginning has stuck with me 'til this day, such as confidence and working hard in everything I do.

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