Naomi Kajiwara

Naomi became enthralled with Taiko after being inspired by Uzume, Goddess of Laughter, during her first workshop with Uzume Taiko back in 2001. In 2003 Naomi began performing with Uzume Taiko and since then has enjoyed reaching out to different audiences, from local elementary schools to international festivals. Naomi has had the privilege of attending various taiko conferences and workshops where she has had the opportunity to learn from other taiko professionals like Kenny Endo, Tiffany Tamaribuchi, Michelle Fujii, and percussionist Boris Sichon.

Born and raised in Burnaby, British Columbia, Naomi has been passionately involved in arts and performance where she has over 25 years experience in dance including: jazz, tap, hip-hop, Hawaiian and Polynesian. She has also studied and is passionate about music, photography and visual arts and received a Bachelor of Human Kinetics degree from UBC. She currently teaches taiko music and dance to people of all ages. Naomi would like to thank Bonnie Soon, Boyd Seichi Grealy, and Jason Overy for their mentorship and taiko guidance.