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: USA and Canada tour (37 shows), online live performances and shows in Japan
*Due to concerns over the outbreak of COVID-19 and in consideration, cancelled/postponed the below shows. (USA tour 20 shows, Japan tour 24 shows and Europe tour 30 shows)
WORLD TOUR「天命」”Tenmei” –Destiny
2021: Japan tour (9 shows), online live performances and shows in Japan
*Due to concerns over the outbreak of COVID-19 and in consideration, cancelled/postponed the below shows. (Japan tour 4 shows, Europe tour 72 shows)
2022: Scheduled: Europe tour and Japan tour
*Due to concerns over the outbreak of COVID-19 and in consideration, cancelled/postponed the below shows.
(USA and Canada tour, 24 shows)
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.