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Nen Daiko at the Smithsonian

At the Renwick Gallery

At the Family Day celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May 2010, Nen Daiko—the taiko ensemble from Fairfax Station, Virginia—performed in front of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Interview by Philippa Rappopport. Video Courtesy of Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access.


At the 2010 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Nen Daiko play a traditional song with a story accompaniment at the 2010 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Asian Pacific Americans: Local Lives, Global Ties. Sponsored in partnership with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program.


At the National Museum of the American Indian

Nen Daiko performs on January 20, 2013, as part of Out of Many: A Multicultural Festival of Music, Dance, and Story at the Smithsonian National Museum of American Indian. Nen Daiko is based out of Ekoji Buddhist Temple in Fairfax Station, Virginia. The ensemble emphasizes the basic philosophies of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism and its connection to taiko and kumi-daiko. While affiliated with Ekoji Buddhist Temple, members are diverse and of different faiths, brought together by a common respect for the art of taiko, the teachings of Buddhist taiko, and the joy and exuberance they find through drumming.