Research

My research interests include contemporary Japanese taiko performance, Disney theme parks, Japanese music, Japanese culture, music & tourism, conceptions of tradition, and music & authenticity.

Abstracts of my dissertation and master’s thesis can be found on the following pages:

Dissertation – “Wadaiko in Japan and the United States: The Intercultural History of a Musical Genre”

Thesis – “Drumming for the Mouse: Kumidaiko and the Exhibition of ‘Japan’ at Walt Disney World”

I have also published a number of articles about taiko music history on the website TaikoSource, where I also upload interviews with artists and maintain a reference library that includes a group map, a bibliography, and a glossary of taiko-related terms.