Japanese drums performance: Taiko concert

Japanese drums performance

With great pleasure we inform you that the Embassy of Japan will organize a traditional Japanese drums performance at Vytautas Magnus University’s the Big Hall (Didžioji salė), that will take place on Monday, June 9 at 18:00 (S. Daukanto str. 28, Kaunas). The leading performer, Mr. Joji Hirota, a Japanese taiko drummer, has prolific career over 30 years and he is internationally renowned as a outstanding player.

Japanese drums performance will occur:

  • June 8., 19:00–during Vilnius Asia days festival (Vilnius town hall)
  • June 9., 18:00–at Vilnius Magnus University’s the Big Hall (S. Daukanto str. 28, Kaunas)

Both performances are free of charge. No registration needed.

Japanese drums performance is organized by Japanese Embassy in Lithuania.

Joji Hirota

Composer, Japanese Taiko Drummer, Percussionist, Shakuhachi player and singer

Joji Hirota was born and grew up up in Hokkaido (Japan), currently living in London (UK). Joji’s prolific career spans over 30 years and 16 albums, sculpting dynamic landscape of rhythm and haunting melodies with the themes of nature and the beauty in everyday life.
Since receiving a commendation from the UK Japanese Embassy from Ambassador Orita in 2004 for his contribution to Japanese culture overseas through his musical activities, he has continued to work on vast number of diverse projects, and with his recent ,,Beyond The Requiem,, charity concert tours with the London Metropolitan Orchestra in the UK and Japan, has strived to make a difference by supporting the people affected by the Earthquake disaster of 2011 through music.


Taiko is an ancient Japanese form of percussion using large drums. Their function has varied through history, ranging from communication, military, action, theatrical accompaniment, religious ceremony, festival performance, and entertainment. During the 1900’s, Taiko drumming became a musical art form that involved a music ensemble and tightly choreographed movements. This is taiko as we know it today.

One of taiko’s most defining aspects is its dynamic playing style. Taiko playing is loud, hard and fast, and involves a lot of choreographed movements.


Additional information


  1. Embassy of Japan newsletter (Japanese drums performance)
  2. VMU ASC Facebook event info


  1. Taiko Drummers
  2. Taiko on stage

Author: Andrius Bubnys

Fascination with Asia started with Japanese animation. In my school years I was a member of the first Lithuanian anime fan club "OtakuDo". In those days Internet was a luxury, and every video tape had a value of gold, so I know the importance of cooperation and information sharing. Currently I am studying for Master’s degree in Contemporary East Asian Studies at Vilnius University. My research interests are popular culture (especially cinema), history and international relations. I focus mostly on Japan, but recently I am also trying to learn more about other countries in the region.

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