Australia Miyake Kai was formed in 2012 to enable people from different backgrounds to practice Miyake Taiko together. We aim to introduce this style drumming to new audiences through demonstrations at local festivals and events. Our group has been officially recognized by Miyake-jima Geino Doshi-kai in Japan, along with sister practice groups in Singapore and the U.S.A..
“Miyake Taiko”, formally known as “Miyake-jima Kamitsuki Mikoshi Daiko”, is a traditional Japanese drumming style that is known throughout the world thanks to international concert tours by taiko performing arts ensemble “Kodo”. The name of “Miyake” comes from Miyake-jima, an island located about 180km south of Tokyo, where Miyake Taiko first originated.
The group “Miyake-jima Geino Doshi-Kai” was formed by Akio Tsumura to promote and preserve the art of Miyake Taiko. This group taught “Kodo” to play Miyake Taiko. Mr. Tsumura comes from Miyake-jima where he played in “Gozu Tenno Sai” - a traditional festival held in July on Miyake-jima since 1820. At this festival, Miyake Taiko is played continuously from 11:00a.m. to 8:00 p.m. to lead their mikoshi (portable shrines) around their town.
In 2000, the volcano on Miyake-jima erupted and its residents were all forced to evacuate. Mr. Tsumura moved to mainland Tokyo where he arranged the original festival music so it could be performed in front of an audience. Now, his sons have joined him in his work, which is dedicated to sharing the art of Miyake Taiko around the world.