Taiko Lessons in Los Angeles – Tokyo Ondo
If you want to take taiko lessons in Los Angeles, please check out my classes!
Tokyo Ondo, alongside Hokkai Bon Uta and Sohma Bon Uta, is one of the most popular Bon Odori songs, particularly in the Greater Tokyo area. Aside from it being a Bon Odori song, Tokyo Ondo is also the anthem for Tokyo-based sports teams.
Tokyo Ondo was commissioned by a department store in 1932. The song was written for the store-sponsored Bon Odori held in Hibiya Park. In order to participate in the Bon Odori, customers needed to purchase a yukata from the department store.
Out of the gate, Tokyo Ondo sold 1.2 million copies. By 1971, estimated sales had reached 20 million copies.
Tokyo Ondo Lyrics
If you’re going to dance
Dance to Tokyo Ondo
In the middle of the glorious capitol
The ebb and flow of the crowd
The history of Musashino
Grass has turned to neon lights
The flowers of Ueno
The willows of Ginza
The moon of Sumida from a dinner cruise
Growing up with the Goddess Kannon
The moon perched on the roof
Mount Fuji to the West
Tsukuba to the East
The musicians are the heart of the festival
Taiko Lessons in Los Angeles at LATI
I teach Bon Daiko every Friday night from 8-10PM at Los Angeles Taiko Institute in Torrance, CA. Please let me know when you would like to drop in!
Date and Time: Fridays from 8-10PM
Place: 20909 S Western Ave Torrance, CA 90501
Fees: $26 per session
Taiko Lessons in Los Angeles & Online Lessons
I also offer taiko lessons in Los Angeles and online taiko lessons via Skype from my studio in San Pedro. Please let me know when you would like to schedule a lesson!
Place: 1300 S Beacon Street San Pedro, CA 90731
Fees: Private Lessons $60/hr, Skype lessons $40/hr