We are a collective of musicians with a fresh take on the art of Japanese drumming. We push the envelope through collaborations with other taiko groups, musicians, and culturally-focused performance artists while staying grounded in the rich tradition of kumi-daiko. Through our music we blend the culture of Japanese-American taiko with influences that celebrate the diversity of our ensemble. Our mission is to spread joy through each and every drumbeat by creating music that is true to who we are.


Most of our pieces are original Ho Etsu compositions. Besides composing, we dedicate many rehearsal hours to music and visual presentation. Our concerts are designed as unique thematic experiences.
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Our workshops range from beginner’s taiko to intense apprenticeships. Please note: We are taking a hiatus from teaching workshops while we focus on upcoming performances. We will update update our website when we resume sessions. Ho Etsu


We perform at festivals, schools, corporate events, weddings and self-produced concerts. We have a passion for sharing taiko and we love to mingle with audience members after shows.
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The mission of Ho Etsu is to spread the joy of taiko through energetic performances, workshops and educational demonstrations. We strive to raise the level of taiko music and enrich our members and other communities through our strong taiko spirit.

In 2015, Ho Etsu became a 501(c)(3) Not-for-Profit organization, making it possible to seek grants (government and corporate) to help us achieve our mission. In addition, our Not-for-Profit status helps us raise funds from private donors to support our group’s continued musical development. Your donations help us train with other taiko and musical professionals, repair and replace our instruments, and develop new workshops, seminars and concerts to spread the joy of taiko around the city and across the region.

If you would like to make a donation to Ho Etsu, use the link below. All donations are tax-deductible and will receive a written acknowledgement.

Thank you for your support!

HO ETSU ACKNOWLEDGES THE SUPPORT FROM THE Illinois Arts Council Agency, the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity.