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Yamato was founded in Japan’s Nara Prefecture in 1993. Our troupe has given over 4,000 performances in 54 countries and regions. Every year, Yamato tours the world for 6 to 10 months, creating and presenting original Yamato compositions and stages. As a result of this relentless tour schedule, pursued over more than 10 years, audiences around the world await our arrival every year in growing numbers, sustaining and encouraging our efforts more than words can express.

For the players of Yamato, every encounter with our listeners is a unique and precious experience.  Our greatest goal is to send our audiences home after each performance with a new vitality and passion for life. As we continue to tour and perform throughout Japan and around the world, whether in concerts, classrooms, school assemblies or workshops, our troupe will continue to cherish and uphold Yamato, the spirit of Japan.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT!


 

1993:  YAMATO was founded

 

SPIRIT TOUR 943 shows

1993: Shows in Japan
1994: China Tour (4 shows), Shows in Japan
1995: Shows in Japan
1996: Shows in South Korea, Indonesia and Japan
1997: Brazil Tour (12 shows), Shows in Japan
1998: Brazil Tour (12 shows), UK Tour (23 shows), Shows in Sweden, Israel and Japan
1999: Europe and Israel Tour (5 countries, 75 shows), Brazil Tour (15 shows). Shows in Japan
2000: UK Tour (27 shows), Indonesia Tour (2 shows), Shows in Japan
2001: Singapore Tour (4 shows), Europe Tour (4 countries, 75 shows), USA Tour (19 shows), Shows in Japan
2002: South Asia Tour (3 countries, 10 shows), Europe Tour (3 countries, 18 shows), Shows in Japan
 

WORLD TOUR「魂」”Tamashy” 363 shows

2003: Europe Tour (9 countries, 171 shows), USA & Canada Tour (37 shows), Shows in Japan                                                              
2004: Europe Tour (13 countries, 100 shows), Mexico Tour (11 shows), Hong Kong & Macau Tour (5 shows), Shows in Japan
 

WORLD TOUR 「神鳴」”Kami-Nari” –Thunder 370 shows

2005: Europe Tour (10 countries, 136 shows), Show in South Korea, USA & Canada Tour (35 shows), Shows in Japan
2006: Philippines Tour (4 shows), Europe Tour (12 countries, 149 shows), Mexico Tour (13 shows), Shows in Japan
 

WORLD TOUR「心音」”SHIN-ON” –The Heartbeat 383 shows

2007: Europe Tour (19 countries, 146 shows), Show in South Korea, Mexico-USA & Canada Tour (58 shows), Shows in Japan
2008: Europe Tour (13 countries, 147 shows), Shows in Japan
 

WORLD TOUR「祭」”Matsuri” –Fiesta! 288 shows

2009: Europe Tour (8 countries, 94 shows), USA & Canada Tour (41 shows), Shows in Japan
2010: Mexico Tour (33 shows), Australia Tour (3 shows), Europe Tour (14 countries, 60 shows),
Southeast Asia Tour (2 countries, 5 shows)
 

WORLD TOUR「我武者羅」”Gamushara” –The Beat of Courage 303 shows

2011: Europe Tour (7 countries, 103 shows), USA & Canada Tour (37 shows), Shows in Japan
2012: Europe Tour (11 countries, 61 shows), Israel Tour (3 countries), Japan Tour (10 shows), Shows in Japan
 

WORLD TOUR「路上」”Rojyoh” –The beat on the Road 429 shows

2013: Taiwan Tour (8 shows), 20th Anniversary shows in Nara (5 shows), Malaysia Tour (4 shows), 
Europe Tour (8 countries, 76 shows), 20th Anniversary Japan Tour (21 Prefectures, 26 shows), 
Mexico and USA Tour (31 shows), Germany Tour (9 shows), Shows in Japan
2014: Europe Tour (9 countries, 74 sohws), Corporate show in Kazakhstan, Brazil Tour (4 shows), 
20th Anniversary Japan tour (47 Prefectures, 53 shows), Shows in Japan
 

WORLD TOUR「爆音綺譚」”Bakuon” –The Legend of the Heartbeat 328 shows

2015: Show in Kazakhstan, Europe tour (5 countries, 87 shows), Special performance in Russia,China tour (5 shows), Shows in Japan
2016: USA & Canada tour (40 shows), Japan tour (11 shows), Shows in Japan, Eastern Europe & Israel tour
 

WORLD TOUR「回帰点」”Kaiki-ten” –Turning point 11 shows

2016: Germany tour (11 shows)
 

WORLD TOUR「挑戦者」”Chousensha” –The Challengers 362 shows

2017: London (14 shows), UK tour (22 shows), Netherlands and Belgium tour (27 shows), 
Pafos; European Capital of Culture in 2017, Germany tour in Summer (14 shows), Australia tour (16 shows), 
Germany tour in Winter (15 shows), Shows in Japan
2018: Germany tour (Winter 7 shows), USA tour (47 shows), Japan tour (Fukui, Hiroshima, Kagawa, Osaka, Shiga 6 shows), 
Germany tour (Summer 38 shows), Japan - Sweden 150th Year! (2 Shows), Eastern Europe tour (18 shows), Shows in Japan
 

WORLD TOUR「情熱」”Jhonetsu” –Passion

2019: Swiss tour (19 shows), show in Milan, UK tour (17 shows), London (22 shows). Netherlands tour (33 shows), 
Japan tour (17 shows), Spain Summer Festival tour (3 shows), Australia tour (31 shows), shows in Japan
2020: Scheduled: USA and Canada Tour, Japan tour and Eastern Europe tour


   

Countries and Regions that YAMATO performed from 1993 to 2019

01.

Austria
オーストリア

02.

Australia
オーストラリア

03.

Bangladesh
バングラデシュ

04.

Belarus
ベラルーシ

05

Belgium
ベルギー

06

Brazil
ブラジル

07

Bulgaria
ブルガリア

08

Canada
カナダ

09.

Canary Islands
カナリア諸島

10.

China 
中国

11.

Croatia
クロアチア

12.

Cyprus
キプロス

13.

Czech Republic
チェコ

14.

Denmark 
デンマーク

15.

Estonia 
エストニア

16.

France 
フランス

17.

Germany 
ドイツ

18.

Greece 
ギリシャ

19.

Hong Kong 
香港

20.

Hungary 
ハンガリー

21.

India 
インド

22.

Indonesia 
インドネシア

23.

Israel 
イスラエル

24.

Italy 
イタリア

25.

Kazakhstan
カザフスタン

26.

Latvia 
ラトビア

27.

Lithuania 
リトアニア

28.

Luxemburg 
ルクセンブルグ

29.

Macau 
マカオ

30.

Malaysia
マレーシア

31.

Mexico 
メキシコ

32.

Netherlands 
オランダ

33.

Norway 
ノルウェー

34.

Philippines 
フィリピン

35.

Poland 
ポーランド

36.

Portugal 
ポルトガル

37.

Qatar 
カタール

38.

Romania 
ルーマニア

39.

Russia 
ロシア

40.

Serbia
セルビア

41.

Singapore 
シンガポール

42.

Slovakia 
スロバキア

43.

Slovenia 
スロベニア

44.

South Korea 
韓国

45.

Spain 
スペイン

46.

Sri Lanka 
スリランカ

47.

Sweden 
スウェーデン

48.

Switzerland 
スイス

49.

Taiwan
台湾

50.

Turkey 
トルコ

51.

Ukraine
ウクライナ

52.

UAE
アラブ首長国連邦

53.

United Kingdom
イギリス

54.

USA 
アメリカ合衆国


       

What is Taiko?

Taiko is a musical instrument deeply familiar to every Japanese. Since the dawn of history, Taiko’s rich reverberations have filled people with inspiration and encouragement in a wide range of settings. Its unmistakable sound is still heard throughout Japan today. To many Japanese people, the sonorous beat of Taiko is soothing, for it is the sound of Japan itself, resounding at Shinto rituals and festivals in every part of the nation. A number of artists have incorporated Taiko’s sound into musical compositions and performing arts. Thanks to the efforts of a number of accomplished Taiko individual performers and troupes, captivated by the distinctive boom of this enormous drum, Taiko is winning new fans around the world. This musical instrument eminently represents the identity of the Japanese nation.
We the members of Yamato believe in the unique value of Taiko. We are committed to preserving its traditions and exploring new possibilities for this majestic instrument.
Our goal is to create ever more opportunities for the boom of Taiko to resound worldwide.
 
Masa Ogawa


 
     

Akiko Ogawa

Mika Miyazaki

Tomoko Kawauchi

Marika Nito

Saori Higashi

Jun Kato

Kenta Ono

Masaya Futaki

Naoki Ekihiro

Nene Miura

Jo Nakamura

Daisuke Jonai

Tatsuya Iwaki

Taiju Akiyama

Misaki Yoshioka

Genta Ogawa