Our Directors

2017-18

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Catherine Lumintang

American Canyon, CA

Catherine is a fourth year Biochemistry major. She loves the sense of community that comes with being a taiko player! She is surrounded by people of all ages and all skill levels who really enjoy what they are a part of.

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Minami Sasaki

Lomita, CA

Minami is a third year Psychobiology major. What she likes most about taiko is that it connects her to so many great friends that she would have never met otherwise, and that it makes her feel strong even though she's small!


Jacked Rabbits

class of 2014

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Kelly Furuya

Huntington Beach, CA

Kelly is a fourth year Linguistics and Computer Science major. She really enjoys all the friendships and memories she's made during her time on Kyodo. It's been a lot of fun, and she's met a lot of amazing people along the way that she probably wouldn't have met otherwise. 

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Ashley Mochizuki

San Dimas, CA

Ashley is a fourth year Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology major. What she likes most about Kyodo and taiko in general is the community that it has introduced her to, and the various experiences and memories that she would not have gained without this community.

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Sean Okada

Torrance, CA

Sean is a fourth year Biology major. Sean's favorite thing about playing taiko is the rush he gets when playing something really fun!

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Brandon Wang

Ranchos Palos Verdes, CA

Brandon is a fourth year Business Economics major. He most enjoys getting to both play taiko and hang out with a fun group of people from diverse backgrounds. Kyodo has given him the opportunity to meet some of his closest friends and a lot of great people whom he never would have met otherwise.

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Yugo Watanabe

São Paulo, Brazil

Yugo is a fourth year Physics and Mathematics of Computation major. He compares Kyodo to a pressure cooker. You take ingredients of all kinds and put them into one pot. Put them through some heat, time, and pressure, and 7/10 times you end up with something sorta tasty.

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Rumblebees

class of 2015

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Sophia Inaba

Palos Verdes, CA / Cartersville, GA

Sophia is a third year Music History major. Her favorite thing about taiko is that it creates a lot of sound, visuals, and a special kind of atmosphere for creativity. She loves experimenting and getting to use her imagination to figure out how to perform while sharing that experience with fellow Kyodies and the audience!

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Cleha Kodama

Arlington, VA / Tokyo, Japan

Cleha is a fourth year Mathematics for Teaching major. What she enjoys most about Kyodo is that it gives her the opportunity to perform with others in college. Kyodo also provides an open environment for her to be creative.

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Francesca Lee

Hong Kong, China

Francesca is a fourth year Psychology major. She enjoys the performance aspect but also the people. Through Kyodo, she got to know some of the goofiest people whom she can honestly say have enriched her college experience.

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Kellie Lee

Sacramento, CA

Kellie is a third year Psychobiology major. Playing taiko at UCLA has definitely enhanced her college experience and allowed her to embrace her Japanese culture. Being a part of Kyodo has brought her lifelong friends and so many memories that will last a lifetime.

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Ryan Miyahara

San Jose, CA

Ryan is a third year Civil Engineering major. Taiko has been an important part of his life for 11 years now. He didn't think he'd have the chance to continue his taiko career, but he loves Kyodo for providing him with the opportunity to continue.

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Swoler Bears

class of 2016

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Gianna Furumoto

Anaheim, CA

Gianna is a second year Civil Engineering major. Amidst all the schoolwork, taiko provides her an outlet and a group of people to lean on and goof off with. She found these people in Kyodo, a home away from home.

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Tiffany Hoang

Yorba Linda, CA

Tiffany is a second year Biology major. She enjoys being in Kyodo because she finds herself in a group of people that continuously encourage one another. With her time playing taiko, she was able to develop herself, both musically and personally, alongside a supportive group of individuals.

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Ray Horiuchi

Ventura, CA

Ray is a second year Dance and Psychology double major. The art of performing is something they've  explored all their life, but to be able to perform with such a passionate and close community of people is truly something special. Kyodo has become their inspiration, support, and family.

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Yi-Ling Loo

Los Angeles, CA

Yi-Ling is a second year Biochemistry major. Her favorite thing about being on Kyodo is being able to play cool things with cool people.

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Lindsay Masukawa

Cypress, CA

Lindsay is a second year Physiological Sciences major. She loves how Kyodo has not only given her a greater appreciation for the culture in which she comes from, but has surrounded her with a second family at UCLA.

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Kyle Nakahira

Torrance, CA

Kyle is a second year Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology major. He enjoys Kyodo because of all the friends and memories that he's made.

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Bradley Nishida

Tustin, CA

Bradley is a second year Electrical Engineering major. Kyodo has given him the opportunity to stand on the performance end of taiko, something he has only been a spectator to before college. The adrenaline of performing, the pride of perfecting a piece, and the joy of being part of this family are reasons why Kyodo is such an influential piece of his collegiate journey thus far.

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Elise Umetsu

Camarillo, CA

Elise is a second year Pre-International Development Studies and English double major. Aside from the incredible group of humans that she has met in Kyodo, she enjoys the connection that the team has given her to the Japanese-American community. Performing at Manzanar, playing (and dancing!) at her first obon, participating in NSU CN, and seeing the relations that the taiko world has to the current JA culture has given her a wonderful perspective that she wouldn't have otherwise gained in her college experience.

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Newbie Class

class of 2017

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Isaac Caldas

Duarte, CA

Isaac is a first year Percussion, Musical Education major. He joined the team to work hard, have fun, and make music with a new taiko family.

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Micah Flores

Macomb, IL

Micah is a first year Biology major. As a freshman striving to push out of her comfort zone and explore new things, Micah wanted to find a strong, tight-knit community she could be a part of. By joining Kyodo, she feels that she can develop self-confidence, foster creativity, compose her own music, and form friendships that will last for a lifetime.

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Brandon Fujii

Camarillo, CA

Brandon is a first year Biology major. Throughout the next four years, Brandon hopes to create lasting friendships with other Kyodo members. He also hopes that he can forge a closer connection with his Japanese-American heritage through taiko and the taiko community.

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Jenny Li

San Diego, CA

Jenny is a first year Computer Science major. She's looking forward to performing with this large group of friendly people. Jenny initially began just wanting to play some drums, but now she also wants to enjoy herself in a fun and creative environment outside of academics and hopefully get the opportunity to help the future Kyodo members someday.

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Jason Muljadi

Northridge, CA

Jason is a first year Neuroscience major. He came into Kyodo seeking friendships and fun, but he realized that he's actually found a family. Jason has also come to deeply admire taiko and want to learn every aspect of it, in hopes of spreading an artform that has given him so much in his life. With Kyodo Taiko, Jason hopes to grow as a person as well as have fun playing drums with fantabulous people! 

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Emily Pham

Arcadia, CA

Emily is a first year Psychobiology major. She's looking forward to making memories and performing with a warm family of musicians. With the support of this tight-knit community, Emily hopes Kyodo gives her the opportunity to challenge herself and become a better player and person.

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Kiana Shibata

Sonoma County, CA

Kiana is a second year Neuroscience major. Becoming a part of the Kyodo family and being able to embrace her Japanese culture has been so much fun. She can't wait to learn, grow, and perform with such an incredibly talented group of people.

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Niveda Tennety

Chicago, IL

Niveda is a second year Physiological Sciences major. After going to workshops, she met genuine and kind people who were in her class and were previously on the team. She then realized that she really wanted to be part of Kyodo. Niveda is looking forward to playing music and learning a new skill through Kyodo!