Hisatoshi Kawaguchi was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1973. He studied Forest Resources at Shizuoka University. In 1992 he joined Shinji Shumeikai and became a member of the Shumei Taiko Ensemble four years later. He plays the c-daiko, chu-daiko, and the flute. One of his favorite pastimes is motorcycle touring.

"Mainly, I learned three very important things by being in the Ensemble: self-centered thinking is not good, nothing is perfect, and there is always room for improvement. In addition, I have learned something important about an aspect of our minds: thoughts mirror the way a person acts and our behavior reflects our attitudes."

Hisatoshi Kawaguchi

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