Upcoming Events




March 11, 2016

6 pm - 10 pm

Shumei Hall, Pasadena (MAP)

Makoto Taiko Performances

6:15pm, 7:15pm, 8:15pm, 9:15pm

Makoto Taiko endeavors to bridge cultural differences in our local communities by preserving and sharing the sacred art of Japanese taiko drumming through education and performances for diverse audiences.

The Makoto Taiko ensemble centers its performance around traditional Japanese taiko drums. The Pasadena-based community group was established in 1999 and has grown to include eighty members. Through precisely articulated rhythm and movements, Makoto Taiko’s drumming provides a spiritually powerful experience that, despite its Japanese origin, transcends cultures. Makoto Taiko’s mission is to unite people of all backgrounds in our local and global communities by preserving and sharing the spirit of Japanese taiko drumming through performances, classes, and other charitable and educational activities. The literal translation of “MAKOTO” is “pure drum sound.” Additionally, its meaning can be interpreted as a state in which one’s actions are fully aligned with his/her thoughts and ideals. This is a discipline requiring sincerity, honesty, altruism, and integrity. Each performer strives to elevate his/her own spirituality along with that of each person in attendance by drumming with a sense of “MAKOTO.”


Crafting with Ghibli

Visit our fun crafts corner and create Ghibli Japanese animation characters with felt!



Returning to the Source

A Photography Exhibition by Florence and Anthony Rodale

October 26, 2015 - March 11, 2016

Monday - Saturday, 9 am - 6 pm

Shumei Hall Gallery (MAP)

Free Admission

“Returning to the Source" has two meanings:
The first one refers to returning to nature, the source of our food and all life.
The second meaning has to do with returning to Spirit (or God, Eternity, the Creator, Consciousness, etc.), the source of all things.

The idea is that we came from Source and eventually must return to Source, but hopefully in a more conscious way. This could also be rephrased as “Returning to Unity,” the idea being that we have lost the sense of unity with all things and must somehow regain it to find true happiness and harmony. This is the essence of spirituality. We feel the beauty of this ambiguous theme is that it gives us much to think about. Sometimes mysterious things capture our attention better than more obvious things.





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