Tsunehisa Takahashi was born in Taiwan in 1967, spent his childhood
in Korea, and came of age in Kanagawa, Japan. He studied at the
Musashi Institute of Technology. Joining the Shumei Taiko Ensemble
in 1995, he is presently an Assistant Leader and his instruments
are the o-daiko, chu-daiko,
and flute. Besides being an accomplished taiko artist, Tsunehisa
is a fine auto mechanic. Also, he has a passion for home-cooked
"My cue to become a taiko artist came on New Year's Eve of
1988 when I saw the Shumei Taiko Ensemble perform at the "Fire
Ceremony" at Misono.
I will never forget the impression that the Ensemble made on me.
As I watched the drummers and drums glistening in the soft torch
light and listened to the taiko's thunder, I felt God descending
onto the surrounding mountains. I will never deny that moment.
It stuck to my heart and became part of me."
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