Nikyokan 仁響館 – Casa de las artes escénicas japonesas

Omiyage Course


Join and experience the intensity of this powerful instrument and discover the music and history that accompanies this style within the art of Japanese percussion, exploring one of the most emblematic musical pieces of the naname style!

Omiyage is one of the most popular compositions within the naname style in the US, composed by Shoji Kameda within the TAIKOPROJECT group, and has been one of the first pieces open for free use to the taiko community. The dynamism of its movements and rhythms make it a very fun piece to learn and perform, as well as its characteristic acrobatic movements in the execution make it very attractive to observe.


  • Introduce students in a practical and theoretical way in the art of wadaiko, the naname style and the execution of the Omiyage piece.
  • Study basic techniques and ways of playing the instrument in the naname-uchi style (taiko in a 45 degree inclined position).
  • Acquire a basic knowledge of music theory necessary for the understanding, analysis and interpretation of repertoire.
  • Introduce the students to the history and origin of the art form, the naname style and the instrument.

Omiyage video:


12 theoretical-practical lessons. Once a week.

2 hours each lesson. 

Materials: each student will be provided with an instrument in class.

Each student must have a pair of bachi (drumsticks).

TEACHER: Mariano Shiroma

Mariano has been practicing taiko since 2011 and has been an active member of the Mukaito Taiko group since 2012. From 2014 to date, he is one of the artistic directors of the group and who teaches and prepares new applicants and students.

Through all these years, Mariano has developed as an artist not only because of the large number of presentations that Mukaito Taiko has every year inside and outside the Japanese community, but also because he has trained with global references of taiko that they defined in him his main influences.

Among some of his artistic milestones, Mariano has performed at the Maipo theater, San Martín theater, has performed together with the professional group TAIKOPROJECT and has been directed repeatedly by the great theater artistic director Teresa Dugan.

Mariano has become not only a scenic reference within Mukaito Taiko but he is also one of the leading taiko players in Argentina.

Given his great influence by the professional group TAIKOPROJECT, Mariano has been working and researching the Naname style technique since 2015. Since then he has learned and continues to perfect himself with different icons of this style, mainly from the USA, such as Masato Baba (Artistic Director of TAIKOPROJECT), Seiichi Tanaka (father of taiko in the USA), Kristofer Bergstrom (Pedagogical Director in Los Angeles Taiko Institute) and David Wells (Professor at LATI) among others. This has led him to travel repeatedly to the US to continue and advance in his learning with these references of the Naname style.

This resulted in Mariano into building his own technique influenced by elements that he incorporated from each of his teachers and mentors.


Interested with or without previous musical experience or knowledge.

It is recommended to be in good physical condition.


10 students.


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