Tokoton taiko - Japanese drumming team


Welcome to TOKO-TON, the original (和太鼓 - Japanese Drum) group based in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Please use the menu at the top of this page or scroll down to find out more about us.

What do we do

Toko-ton taiko seeks to entertain and inspire audiences with a combination of movement, rhythm and the sensitivity delivered through the traditional Japanese energetic art form called 'Wadaiko' (Wa = Japanese / daiko = Drum). The name Toko-Ton in the Japanese language means putting in 100% and that is the group's motto, to put in all the effort and energy they have while sharing their love and commitment to promoting cultural harmony, awareness and enjoyment through taiko.

Services the group offer include:

• Performances / public and private events

• School visits / workshop and performance

• Taiko lessons / classes and workshops.


Who are we?

Toko-ton taiko is made up of 4 experienced taiko players: Chie Kajiwara, Steve Mason, Shinobu Takebata and Yukako Shimbori-Jolly. All 4 players have learned under highly respected Japanese taiko masters.

After spending several years training and performing in other taiko groups, Toko-ton was formed in 2012. Since then, the group has strived to offer something different; playing a unique style of taiko that is not often seen outside of Japan. Toko-ton returns to Japan each year to build on their knowledge and experience while connecting to the origins of taiko.



Over the years Toko-ton has had the privilege of performing taiko at many of Brisbane's iconic festivals, public and private events. Here are just a few images from some of these performances. If you would like to see video or more photos, please check out our YouTube channel and Facebook page.

Contact us.

If you would like to enquire about our performances, workshops, school visits, classes or simply would like to know more about what we can offer, please email us at or check out our facebook page, we would love to hear from you.

ブリスベンの太鼓チームTOKO-TON (とことん) です。どうぞよろしくお願いします!

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