Current Members

 
 
 Amy was overwhelmed after hearing the performance by Caltaiko on Sproul during her first semester freshman year. She was also in love with Japanese culture since when she was young, so she decided to join the taiko decal to learn more about it. After the decal, Amy became even more amazed by the complexity and beauty of taiko and tried out for the team. Outside of taiko, Amy loves watching Anime, TV shows and dramas, and baseball. She has learnt a lot through the semester in taiko, and hope to experience more in the future.

Amy was overwhelmed after hearing the performance by Caltaiko on Sproul during her first semester freshman year. She was also in love with Japanese culture since when she was young, so she decided to join the taiko decal to learn more about it. After the decal, Amy became even more amazed by the complexity and beauty of taiko and tried out for the team. Outside of taiko, Amy loves watching Anime, TV shows and dramas, and baseball. She has learnt a lot through the semester in taiko, and hope to experience more in the future.

Amy Wang

Generation 13

 After watching her first taiko performances during high school, Claire took the Taiko DeCal in Spring 2017. She enjoyed it so much she decided to try out for Raijin in the fall, and has come to love taiko and her Raijin family! Outside of taiko, Claire can be found planning to draw/write, thinking about drawing/writing, and not drawing/writing. Talk to her about Asian food, Data 8, and character development!

After watching her first taiko performances during high school, Claire took the Taiko DeCal in Spring 2017. She enjoyed it so much she decided to try out for Raijin in the fall, and has come to love taiko and her Raijin family! Outside of taiko, Claire can be found planning to draw/write, thinking about drawing/writing, and not drawing/writing. Talk to her about Asian food, Data 8, and character development!

Claire Zhang

Generation 13

 From playing rhythm games such as Taiko no Tatsujin (太鼓の達人) or osu!, Dominique never thought she'd end up being apart of Raijin in her last year of Cal. She sometimes wishes she didn't have to graduate so soon so that she could continue to play taiko with everyone.   Aside from taiko, Dominique enjoys learning new instruments, napping, sweets, and playing gacha games with Mac.   ----------  "Dominique is very shy and soft-spoken."   "Dominique is very sweet, and can seem shy, but once I start talking to her, I find that she has a lot to say and share! I really appreciate how she's always smiling and brings a positive attitude to practice."  "Maybe kiai louder? Or maybe she has a quiet voice originally..." 

From playing rhythm games such as Taiko no Tatsujin (太鼓の達人) or osu!, Dominique never thought she'd end up being apart of Raijin in her last year of Cal. She sometimes wishes she didn't have to graduate so soon so that she could continue to play taiko with everyone. 

Aside from taiko, Dominique enjoys learning new instruments, napping, sweets, and playing gacha games with Mac. 

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"Dominique is very shy and soft-spoken." 

"Dominique is very sweet, and can seem shy, but once I start talking to her, I find that she has a lot to say and share! I really appreciate how she's always smiling and brings a positive attitude to practice."

"Maybe kiai louder? Or maybe she has a quiet voice originally..." 

Dominique Phan

Generation 13

 From being involved in his high school band and orchestra to having dreams of becoming a rapper, performing arts has always been a big part of Eric's life. Eric's first exposure to taiko was the taiko decal his freshmen year. He instantly fell in love with it and came back to join Raijin his junior year.   In his spare time, Eric makes bad jokes and eats way food more than he should. One can spot often spot him on Sproul saying something like "yum daddy woof".

From being involved in his high school band and orchestra to having dreams of becoming a rapper, performing arts has always been a big part of Eric's life. Eric's first exposure to taiko was the taiko decal his freshmen year. He instantly fell in love with it and came back to join Raijin his junior year. 

In his spare time, Eric makes bad jokes and eats way food more than he should. One can spot often spot him on Sproul saying something like "yum daddy woof".

Eric Sung

Generation 13

 Erica was first introduced to taiko as a fourth grader in Oregon. She was super excited (and nervous!) to try out for Cal Raijin Taiko after hearing about the group from a friend. Outside of taiko, Erica spends her time drinking coffee and tea, rock climbing, tumbling, attempting to run, and admiring the sunset.

Erica was first introduced to taiko as a fourth grader in Oregon. She was super excited (and nervous!) to try out for Cal Raijin Taiko after hearing about the group from a friend. Outside of taiko, Erica spends her time drinking coffee and tea, rock climbing, tumbling, attempting to run, and admiring the sunset.

Erica Liu

Generation 11

 
 
 
 Hannah was first introduced to taiko back in her high school marching band. She became hooked and wanted to learn more about taiko at Cal, so she joined the Taiko DeCal as soon as she got to Berkeley. After taking the amazing DeCal, Hannah realized that she wanted more taiko in her life and decided to try out for Raijin! Outside of playing taiko, Hannah loves watching TV shows and movies, trying different kinds of foods, drawing, and sleeping until the wee hours of the afternoon.

Hannah was first introduced to taiko back in her high school marching band. She became hooked and wanted to learn more about taiko at Cal, so she joined the Taiko DeCal as soon as she got to Berkeley. After taking the amazing DeCal, Hannah realized that she wanted more taiko in her life and decided to try out for Raijin! Outside of playing taiko, Hannah loves watching TV shows and movies, trying different kinds of foods, drawing, and sleeping until the wee hours of the afternoon.

Hannah Chong

Generation 12

 Jamie had never heard about Taiko before coming to Cal. So when she saw Cal Raijin Taiko performing at Calapalooza, she was immediately captivated and knew that she had to be a part of the group. When not thinking about Taiko, Jamie avoids studying by spending hours watching YouTube videos. If you ever want to talk about beauty products or all things Casey Neistat, she is the one to go to. In her free time, Jamie enjoys reading novels, harmonizing with her roommate, and eating chips.

Jamie had never heard about Taiko before coming to Cal. So when she saw Cal Raijin Taiko performing at Calapalooza, she was immediately captivated and knew that she had to be a part of the group. When not thinking about Taiko, Jamie avoids studying by spending hours watching YouTube videos. If you ever want to talk about beauty products or all things Casey Neistat, she is the one to go to. In her free time, Jamie enjoys reading novels, harmonizing with her roommate, and eating chips.

Jamie Xie

Generation 11

 Jessica Ye was born in Wixom, Michigan and moved to Southern California when she was four. After spending her wonderful childhood years in sunny San Diego, she moved up to Sunnyvale in the Bay Area and attended Homestead High School from 2011 to 2015. There, she got super involved in her high school's music program as a member of the orchestra and the proud drum major of the Mighty Mustang Marching Band.  In addition to her passion in music, Jessica also holds a deep interest in the Japanese language and culture, where she was introduced to the wonderful world of Taiko! Through taiko, Jessica has met many wonderful people on her team and had so many awesome experiences.

Jessica Ye was born in Wixom, Michigan and moved to Southern California when she was four. After spending her wonderful childhood years in sunny San Diego, she moved up to Sunnyvale in the Bay Area and attended Homestead High School from 2011 to 2015. There, she got super involved in her high school's music program as a member of the orchestra and the proud drum major of the Mighty Mustang Marching Band.

In addition to her passion in music, Jessica also holds a deep interest in the Japanese language and culture, where she was introduced to the wonderful world of Taiko! Through taiko, Jessica has met many wonderful people on her team and had so many awesome experiences.

Jessica Ye

Generation 11

 Keegan was first introduced to taiko in his high school's taiko club. When he first tried to join, he thought it was too difficult and intimidating so he quit. But he tried again the next year and grew to love it. After two years in high school taiko, Keegan knew he wanted to continue playing in college. When he got into Cal he knew he had to join Cal Raijin. Since joining, he has grown more passionate about and acquired a greater appreciation for taiko, and it has become a large part of his life.  When he's not banging on drums and tires or grinding for school, Keegan enjoys playing video games, listening to music, wasting time on the internet (esp. YouTube), and spending time with his friends. He also really enjoys playing Dungeons & Dragons.

Keegan was first introduced to taiko in his high school's taiko club. When he first tried to join, he thought it was too difficult and intimidating so he quit. But he tried again the next year and grew to love it. After two years in high school taiko, Keegan knew he wanted to continue playing in college. When he got into Cal he knew he had to join Cal Raijin. Since joining, he has grown more passionate about and acquired a greater appreciation for taiko, and it has become a large part of his life.

When he's not banging on drums and tires or grinding for school, Keegan enjoys playing video games, listening to music, wasting time on the internet (esp. YouTube), and spending time with his friends. He also really enjoys playing Dungeons & Dragons.

Keegan Ball

Generation 13

 In his hometown Alameda, Kevin was lucky enough to have the opportunity to explore and experience many different performing arts. From watching middle-aged men in Fleetwood Mac tribute bands, to playing in a small jazz ensemble named the Rosebush Quintet, Kevin has always considered the performing arts to be precious, exciting, and fun! After watching Cal Raijin Taiko performances, Kevin was awestruck. Despite feeling intimidated by Raijin's expertise, with the support of a friend, Kevin auditioned for the group.  In addition to taiko, Kevin enjoys shopping at local produce stores, and subsequently consuming the foods he buys while drinking hot tea in the company of his friends and family. 

In his hometown Alameda, Kevin was lucky enough to have the opportunity to explore and experience many different performing arts. From watching middle-aged men in Fleetwood Mac tribute bands, to playing in a small jazz ensemble named the Rosebush Quintet, Kevin has always considered the performing arts to be precious, exciting, and fun! After watching Cal Raijin Taiko performances, Kevin was awestruck. Despite feeling intimidated by Raijin's expertise, with the support of a friend, Kevin auditioned for the group.

In addition to taiko, Kevin enjoys shopping at local produce stores, and subsequently consuming the foods he buys while drinking hot tea in the company of his friends and family. 

Kevin Chen

Generation 10

 
 
 
 Kyle was born in Sacramento, California and has lived there since. He went to high school at Mira Loma High School, where he joined a new taiko club run by his friends, who were part of Sacramento Taiko Dan. He greatly enjoyed playing taiko and thus tried out for Cal Raijin after transferring to Berkeley from community college.   Outside of taiko, Kyle likes to play sports such as tennis or basketball casually, or play video games. He is also very passionate about music and is listening to something constantly, playing piano, or trying his hand at composing, although nothing good has come of that yet.

Kyle was born in Sacramento, California and has lived there since. He went to high school at Mira Loma High School, where he joined a new taiko club run by his friends, who were part of Sacramento Taiko Dan. He greatly enjoyed playing taiko and thus tried out for Cal Raijin after transferring to Berkeley from community college. 

Outside of taiko, Kyle likes to play sports such as tennis or basketball casually, or play video games. He is also very passionate about music and is listening to something constantly, playing piano, or trying his hand at composing, although nothing good has come of that yet.

Kyle Holm

Generation 13

 Mason first learned about Taiko from his sister who was a part of Stanford Taiko while she was in college. After seeing her perform at many events, he jumped at the chance to try out during his college career. He is extremely thankful for the feeling of community and endless laughs that Taiko has brought him already!   He also likes to swim, listen (and sing) to music, and play Pokemon. Please talk to him about kpop or in tagalog so that he can practice his speaking skills *insert eek face here*

Mason first learned about Taiko from his sister who was a part of Stanford Taiko while she was in college. After seeing her perform at many events, he jumped at the chance to try out during his college career. He is extremely thankful for the feeling of community and endless laughs that Taiko has brought him already! 

He also likes to swim, listen (and sing) to music, and play Pokemon. Please talk to him about kpop or in tagalog so that he can practice his speaking skills *insert eek face here*

Mason Archer

Generation 12

 Before coming to Berkeley, Morgan was already a huge fan anime and manga, leading to a general interest in Japanese culture. She also loved the "family" feel of her high school's Winter Drumline (and the ability to hit things for a reason), so Morgan knew she wanted to find a similar drumming group in college. After watching Cal Taiko's performance and experiencing their energy during her first week at Berkeley, Morgan knew Taiko would be the perfect way to combine these two interests. Morgan also enjoys baking, folding paper stars, reading manga, and watching endless hours of YouTube.

Before coming to Berkeley, Morgan was already a huge fan anime and manga, leading to a general interest in Japanese culture. She also loved the "family" feel of her high school's Winter Drumline (and the ability to hit things for a reason), so Morgan knew she wanted to find a similar drumming group in college. After watching Cal Taiko's performance and experiencing their energy during her first week at Berkeley, Morgan knew Taiko would be the perfect way to combine these two interests. Morgan also enjoys baking, folding paper stars, reading manga, and watching endless hours of YouTube.

Morgan Fong

Generation 11

 Pearl’s musical background prior to college drew her attention to Cal Raijin Taiko when she heard them playing on Sproul. Despite having limited experience playing the drums, she has enjoyed every second of her time as part of this organization. For her, this is much more than an average club, but rather, a home away from home. Outside of taiko, Pearl enjoys reading, going to concerts, spending time with friends, and drinking boba.

Pearl’s musical background prior to college drew her attention to Cal Raijin Taiko when she heard them playing on Sproul. Despite having limited experience playing the drums, she has enjoyed every second of her time as part of this organization. For her, this is much more than an average club, but rather, a home away from home. Outside of taiko, Pearl enjoys reading, going to concerts, spending time with friends, and drinking boba.

Pearl Liang

Generation 13

 Ryan first began to drum when he was 12, learning a Malaysian style of drumming called 24 Seasons Festive Drumming. It was different from Taiko, with a much less “Tanoshii” vibe. It was probably the similar atmosphere of thundering hits and a closely knit community that drew Ryan to try out for Cal Raijin.   Outside of Taiko, Ryan mostly enjoys spending quality time with friends, playing board games and procrastinating his studies. He likes laughs and food and boba and naps― pretty much all the indulgences in life. Ryan also owns a pet unicorn. 

Ryan first began to drum when he was 12, learning a Malaysian style of drumming called 24 Seasons Festive Drumming. It was different from Taiko, with a much less “Tanoshii” vibe. It was probably the similar atmosphere of thundering hits and a closely knit community that drew Ryan to try out for Cal Raijin. 

Outside of Taiko, Ryan mostly enjoys spending quality time with friends, playing board games and procrastinating his studies. He likes laughs and food and boba and naps― pretty much all the indulgences in life. Ryan also owns a pet unicorn. 

Ryan Liu

Generation 13

 
 
 
 Ryan grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Jacksonville, Florida, becoming involved with percussion from an early age. Starting with drum sticks and an upside-down bucket and eventually ending up with a marimba and drum set, he explored various instruments of street music and Western percussion. After coming to Berkeley, he wanted to be part of something different and found Cal Raijin Taiko - a close community of people who share the passion of traditional Japanese drumming and an interest in the culture behind it. When he's not at taiko, you can probably find Ryan in the 4th floor of Cory doing research, cooking at home, sleeping anywhere, pondering life on Memorial Glade, or writing poetry (and in that order).

Ryan grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Jacksonville, Florida, becoming involved with percussion from an early age. Starting with drum sticks and an upside-down bucket and eventually ending up with a marimba and drum set, he explored various instruments of street music and Western percussion. After coming to Berkeley, he wanted to be part of something different and found Cal Raijin Taiko - a close community of people who share the passion of traditional Japanese drumming and an interest in the culture behind it. When he's not at taiko, you can probably find Ryan in the 4th floor of Cory doing research, cooking at home, sleeping anywhere, pondering life on Memorial Glade, or writing poetry (and in that order).

Ryan Shih

Generation 10

 Shelby started learning taiko from Etsuo Hongo and his daughter at her elementary school in second grade. She continued throughout grade school, eventually moving on to become a part of Kitsune Taiko and Nakama Taiko. Ever since getting accepted to Cal and seeing their Cherry Blossom Festival performance she had been looking forward to auditioning for the group. Apart from taiko she enjoys cycling, soccer, eating, sleeping, and talking.

Shelby started learning taiko from Etsuo Hongo and his daughter at her elementary school in second grade. She continued throughout grade school, eventually moving on to become a part of Kitsune Taiko and Nakama Taiko. Ever since getting accepted to Cal and seeing their Cherry Blossom Festival performance she had been looking forward to auditioning for the group. Apart from taiko she enjoys cycling, soccer, eating, sleeping, and talking.

Shelby Miyamoto-Kim

Generation 12

 Stephanie grew up in two big cities in East Asia, Shanghai and Osaka, but she almost always spent her summers in Osaka. There, the highlight of her summers were, and still are, always the omatsuri (temple festivals) of which taiko is an indispensable part. Being a concert percussionist in high school, and growing up playing Taiko no Tatsujin (aka Taiko Master) in arcades, she has always wanted to try playing in a taiko group. Unfortunately, her high school only had a teacher’s taiko group – so imagine her delight when she found Cal Raijin Taiko! And as the ever-mysterious “they” say, the rest is history…  Outside of taiko, Stephanie likes reading, playing the piano, doing all sorts of brainteasers and puzzles (jigsaws, Sudoku, crosswords, Rubik’s cubes…), daydreaming, and googling odd things. She also loves all things Disney, although otherwise her tastes are quite dark (think dystopian and horror). Please hit her up if you ever want to run a half marathon together, or need an adrenaline-junkie buddy. 

Stephanie grew up in two big cities in East Asia, Shanghai and Osaka, but she almost always spent her summers in Osaka. There, the highlight of her summers were, and still are, always the omatsuri (temple festivals) of which taiko is an indispensable part. Being a concert percussionist in high school, and growing up playing Taiko no Tatsujin (aka Taiko Master) in arcades, she has always wanted to try playing in a taiko group. Unfortunately, her high school only had a teacher’s taiko group – so imagine her delight when she found Cal Raijin Taiko! And as the ever-mysterious “they” say, the rest is history…

Outside of taiko, Stephanie likes reading, playing the piano, doing all sorts of brainteasers and puzzles (jigsaws, Sudoku, crosswords, Rubik’s cubes…), daydreaming, and googling odd things. She also loves all things Disney, although otherwise her tastes are quite dark (think dystopian and horror). Please hit her up if you ever want to run a half marathon together, or need an adrenaline-junkie buddy. 

Stephanie Dan

Generation 12

 Stephanie was first exposed to taiko in 7th grade, when the music elective teacher taught the class about taiko. Later on, she had a close friend who joined UC Davis' taiko group, which inspired her to try out for Cal Raijin Taiko. In her free time, Stephanie likes to binge watch shows on Netflix, watch YouTube, practice her other instruments, or sleep.

Stephanie was first exposed to taiko in 7th grade, when the music elective teacher taught the class about taiko. Later on, she had a close friend who joined UC Davis' taiko group, which inspired her to try out for Cal Raijin Taiko. In her free time, Stephanie likes to binge watch shows on Netflix, watch YouTube, practice her other instruments, or sleep.

Stephanie Wu

Generation 13

 Once upon a time, Sydney was one of those weak freshmen who was constantly flyer'd on Sproul... but one of those small quarter-sheets of paper eventually led her to Cal Raijin Taiko! Though she had only heard of taiko because of her younger brother's addiction to Osu!, she decided to try out on a whim, and things somehow worked out from there. Now, taiko gives her the excuse to stay in tune with her musical side and attempt to be physically fit (AKA, work on her noodle arms)!  When she isn't reciting kuchi shoga over and over again, Sydney likes to read, write, play PC games, spill fountain pen ink all over her hands, and overall, be an embarrassment to those around her. (She's a little sorry about that last one.)

Once upon a time, Sydney was one of those weak freshmen who was constantly flyer'd on Sproul... but one of those small quarter-sheets of paper eventually led her to Cal Raijin Taiko! Though she had only heard of taiko because of her younger brother's addiction to Osu!, she decided to try out on a whim, and things somehow worked out from there. Now, taiko gives her the excuse to stay in tune with her musical side and attempt to be physically fit (AKA, work on her noodle arms)! 
When she isn't reciting kuchi shoga over and over again, Sydney likes to read, write, play PC games, spill fountain pen ink all over her hands, and overall, be an embarrassment to those around her. (She's a little sorry about that last one.)

Sydney Trieu

Generation 13

 
 
 
 Tung was born and raised in Saigon, Vietnam. He moved to the US in 2013 and has been pursuing a degree in Anthropology since then. His first encounter with taiko was during the 2017 Transfer Welcome day at UC Berkeley. The energetic and artistic performance left a strong impression on him and he decided to try out for Cal Taiko. His hobbies are reading, PC gaming, watching (and playing) soccer as well as contemplating on somewhat philosophical questions. Although he can look serious and is quiet most of the time, please feel free to chat him up. He won't bite!

Tung was born and raised in Saigon, Vietnam. He moved to the US in 2013 and has been pursuing a degree in Anthropology since then. His first encounter with taiko was during the 2017 Transfer Welcome day at UC Berkeley. The energetic and artistic performance left a strong impression on him and he decided to try out for Cal Taiko. His hobbies are reading, PC gaming, watching (and playing) soccer as well as contemplating on somewhat philosophical questions. Although he can look serious and is quiet most of the time, please feel free to chat him up. He won't bite!

Tung Nguyen

Generation 13