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Maritime Festival Aug 26-27 2023


Salmon Festival, July 1 2023


September 24, 2022

NoriNori at Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site

August 13, 2022

Onibana Taiko at New West Pride

July 31, 2022

 Yume Digital Dream at Powell Street Festival

July 30, 2022 at 5:15pm

Onibana Taiko at Powell Street Festival

May 23, 2022

Onibana Taiko at Roots, Rhythm and Resistance - Anti -Racism Symposium

April 3, 2022

Onibana Taiko at the RIO Theatre


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NoriNori (Noriko K. Kobayashi) moved to London, England as a youth, for a five-year immersion into various punk rock bands. Kobayashi then travelled to San Francisco co-founding riot grrrl punk rock band Tribe 8, spearheading the genre of queercore.

Later in Vancouver, she was introduced to taiko joining Sawagi Taiko. She also culminated her academic studies with her thesis, Development of Canadian Kumi-Daiko - ensemble taiko drumming and the article, “Asian Women Kick Ass Through Japanese Drumming”.

Kobayashi then spent many years in Japan studying with masters of taiko, shigin (poetry chanting),and shamisen. Returning to Vancouver, she co-founded Onibana Taiko, and currently performs shamisen as NoriNori, enthusiastically blending traditional Japanese music with Rock to promote new sounds of rock shamisen.

B.A. (music and psychology)

M.A. (ethnomusicology)

NoriNori (she/her) acknowledges that the land on which she thrives upon is the unceded and traditional territories of the Coast Salish Peoples including the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), Kwantlen, Katzie, SEMYOME (Semiahmoo) peoples or Nations. 

小林 K. 紀子は、若くしてイギリスのロンドンに渡り、


ライオット・ガールパンクバンド「Tribe 8」を共同結成し、クィアコアというジャンルの先駆者になりました。














Taiko Classes at Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre

Spring Term 2023: Sundays April 9 - June 11

Children's Taiko Drumming 10:00 - 10:45

People might be surprised to learn that I enjoy and specialize in teaching taiko to young children.  I completed several early childhood music workshops/seminars and taught music/taiko in numerous private preschools and elementary schools in Tokyo.  The valuable benefits of music in early childhood development are well documented.  In this class, we will cover the basics of taiko drumming geared for children. Rhythm training, team building, and confidence building are some critical aspects acquired within a world music context. We will learn some taiko songs and the Powell Street Festival community mashup - Paueru Mashup on Japanese taiko drums made for children.  Earplugs and water are a good idea.  Please bring indoor shoes. 

Register here for Children's Taiko Drumming:












 Video of Children's taiko ensemble in Japan:

Taiko Drumming - Miyake Style 11:00 - Noon

Learn traditional Japanese drumming (Taiko) on real Japanese drums! Get a full body workout in the low stance of Miyake traditional drumming.  This Miyake is of the Miyake Jima Geinou Doushi Kai lineage in Japan where I studied for several years  Beginners are welcome. Drumsticks and drums are provided.   Miyake bachi (drumsticks) are also for sale.  Please bring indoor shoes or you can drum barefoot.  Bring water, and a towel is also recommended.


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Moberly Miyake Kai
Moberly Miyake Kai




To register for Miyake taiko please visit this site:



Location:  Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre, 7646 Prince Albert St., Vancouver, B.C.