Our People

Our People

Founding Director

Toshi Sakamoto

Born in 1959 in Kumamoto, Japan, Toshi Sakamoto has devoted his life to the art of Japanese drumming (wadaiko) and to its advancement across Australia and the AsiaPacific region. In 1987 Toshi co-founded a taiko conservation group, the “Rindo Daiko Association” in Kumamoto, and began to perform. He received training[…]

Co-founder

Junko Sakamoto

Born in Minatama, Kumamoto, Japan, Junko Sakamoto started playing an active part in Kumamoto Rindo Taiko Conservation Club in 1995. In 1997 she moved to Melbourne and joined husband Toshi in teaching taiko classes and taking part in taiko performances. Junko is a much loved member of the Wadaiko Rindo[…]

Wadaiko Rindo Performers

The Wadaiko Rindo Performing Group is comprised of the founding members of Wadaiko Rindo, and experienced performers who have been selected from the pool of regular students. On the occasions of festivals and larger public events, the Purple Performers are joined by students who give their own exciting brand of[…]