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Watsonville Taiko is grateful for the ongoing community support including
funding from the Arts Council Santa Cruz
What a great day at the 29th annual Japanese Cultural Fair!  Our youngest drummers were spot on, and we had a huge group of over two dozen adults playing Zuii together.  Talk about inter-generational.  The drummers in our front row spanned more than 50 years, from 18 to 70 plus! After the drumming came the cooking. 168 yakitori place, 70 curry bowls and nearly 400 servings of fried mochi! Funds raised go into our general fund and will help us pay some of the expenses for next year's 25th Anniversary show.

Summer is a wonderful time to join Watsonville Taiko as we celebrate great events, support good causes and explore different cultures around the area. We hope you can join us.  There is something for everyone!

Domo arigato

Zuii - Japanese Cultural Fair 2015
Right Hand Left Hand
Summer Class Opportunities
Classes at the Dojo for Children and Adults
July & August Fridays
Note - rehearsals for the 2016 25th Anniversary Concert begin in September. Adult classes will close to new drummers after the July/August session.
For times and prices, please go to our website .
Kids' Workshop
Ages 7 - 11
6 Sundays $65
Dates: June 21, 28, July 5, 12, 19 & 26
12 noon - 1 pm at GreyBears
2710 Chanticleer, Santa Cruz
Pre-registration required
Please contact Naoko Yamamoto today!!!
Upcoming Performances

JACL Picnic
JACL Community Picnic Saturday June 27, 11 - 4:30
Free admission
Everyone welcome!
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Land of the Medicine Buddha Festival & Fair
Medicine Buddha fFestival
Saturday June 27, 2015
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Please use the free parking and shuttle  located at
  Main St. School, in Soquel
Shuttles running all day from 9  - 5
Offsite parking with shuttle: free
Onsite parking at  5800 Prescott Rd, Soquel CA 95073: $20 fee
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1776 drummers
July 4th Campfire at New Brighton State Beach
Happy 4th of July!  Drumming and America's Independence day has a long history together and continues to the present. Every year Watsonville Taiko's drummers celebrate the holiday weekend with the campers at New Brighton State Beach campground.  This year, Saturday;s campfire IS the 4th! 7:30 PM at the campground amphitheater.
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Relay for Life Fundraiser
Saturday July 18th, 2015 and
Sunday July 19th, 2015 
We drum Saturday from 1 - 2 pm.

Join Watsonville Taiko as we drum for
 the walkers raising funds for the American Cancer Society at
Watsonville High. 
What a great cause!

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Watsonville Obon Festival 
July 19th 
Check out this great video
from 2011!
Sunday,  July 19 , 3 pm
Dancing at 6 pm
Watsonville Buddhist Temple
Watsonville Obon Festival will have food, fun,  games, and Watsonville Taiko. Obon is a time of joyous celebration and gratitude to the generations who went before us and gave us the gift of life. The highlight of the day is colorful dancing in which the community is invited to participate. Dance practice is held Monday and Wednesday evenings starting mid June.

Sunday, July 26 - Double Header! 




Festival of the Book
3 PM

While running from  Santa Cruz  

to Capitola you might see  

16,000 runners, 3000 gallons on water

2,200 worth of pizza

1 ton of Power Bars,  

200 Porta-potties, 48 buses, and  

55 musical groups including  

Watsonville Taiko!,  

Are you running?  Slow down as you  

run by and say hello! Then fire up the afterburners as you head  

down hill to the finish line.  

Run well, run strong.  


At 3 PM join us at Harvey West Park  

as we celebrate with the Santa Cruz Public Library's Festival of the Book.   

What a great summer reading theme.

Read on!!!










 And in August!
Church St Fair 
August 8 & 9
Church St, Santa Cruz
We drum Sunday the 9th  (usually right after the Cabrillo Music Festival's Family Concert)

Not enough taiko yet?  Join us in Aromas on the 30th!
Click on the poster for more information. 
And, to wrap up the summer on September 5th, Labor Day weekend, we return to Land of the Medicine Buddha for the
Tsitigarbha Festival