Uminari Taiko is Vancouver Island’s first taiko drumming ensemble. Its mission is to share and promote the art of Japanese taiko drumming through teaching and performance.
Since its founding in 2002, Uminari Taiko has performed in numerous schools, and public and private functions both in Victoria and around Vancouver Island, and has taught many workshops and classes.
Uminari is a Japanese word that can be translated as “roaring sea” – the sound of the crashing waves and the silence in between. It is a name that captures equally the essence of taiko and of our windy, wave-swept island.
Uminari Taiko is a non-profit, community-focused organization based in Victoria, British Columbia. It is supported by the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society, the Victoria Foundation, the National Association of Japanese Canadians, and members of the Vancouver Island community.