Toshiyuki Shimada was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1974. He attended
Kobe University where he studied Architectural Acoustics. In 1987
he joined Shinji Shumeikai and his instruments are the o-daiko,
chu-daiko, and flute. Next to his
wife's fine cooking, he enjoys nothing more than reading a good
"All my skills abandoned me. In a way, I felt that I was not
prepared, that I must experience much more hard practice before
I could be ready to go on the stage. At last, Tosha Sensei, our
Music Director, gave me some very good advice. 'You still have
fear', he said. 'Let go of that fear by beating the drum.'"
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