Nikyokan 仁響館 – Casa de las artes escénicas japonesas



Join and experience the intensity of this powerful instrument and discover the music and history that accompany this style within the art of Japanese percussion!

Yatai Bayashi is a wadaiko style that arises from artistically adapting the repertoire of a matsuri (Japanese festival) that takes place in early December in Saitama prefecture, the Chichibu Yomatsuri.

The Ondekoza group learned the particular style in which taiko is performed at the festival and adapted it into a piece that became very popular in the wadaiko community: Chichibu Yatai Bayashi. The style transcended the piece and the way of playing it and it expanded to new repertoires and styles influenced by the Ondekoza version, inside and outside of Japan.


  • Introduce students in a practical and theoretical way in the art of wadaiko and particularly the Yatai Bayashi style.
  • Study basic techniques and the way of performance of the Yatai Bayashi-style (taiko in a 45-degree inclined position at the height of the floor. It is performed sitting on the floor).
  • Acquire a basic knowledge of music theory necessary for the understanding, analysis and interpretation of the repertoire (the original score of the theme will be used).
  • Introduce the history and origin of art, the festival and the instrument.

More information of the style:



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: Gastón San Cristóbal

Gastón has been practicing wadaiko since 2008 During this period he has trained with taiko icons worldwide and also dedicated a lot of effort researching the instrument, its origins and the influence that the culture and history of Japan had on the art of wadaiko.

He has given talks and lectures of the history of South American taiko in Argentina, Peru, the United States and Japan. His effort and dedication has been recognized by legends of the art of wadaiko such as Eitetsu Hayashi, Akitoshi Asano (Asano Taiko), Yoshihiko Miyamoto (Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten) and founding members of the KODO group.

Gastón has lived in Japan from 2014 to 2017, which changed his perspective 180 degrees on how to interpret, learn, understand and transmit not only wadaiko but also traditional Japanese arts.

During his entire stay in Japan he was a member of the Tokimeki Taiko Juku group of the University of Tsukuba and an apprentice of Yuji Kuramochi (formed in the KODO apprentice center) who trained him in the execution and in the teaching of wadaiko and shinobue. He has also trained with Grandmaster Eitetsu Hayashi, who considers him his apprentice. Additionally, he has trained and been heavily influenced by Kaoru Watanabe, Ryutaro Kaneko, Chieko Kojima, Yoshikazu Fujimoto, Yuta Kato, and the KODO group.


Interested with or without previous musical experience or knowledge.

It is recommended to be in good physical condition, as it is a physically very rigorous style.


10 students maximum.


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