Arashi Daiko — —
Established in 1983, Montreal's Arashi Daiko - Japanese for "Storm Drums" - is the third of approximately twenty-five taiko groups in Canada to have formed since Katari Taiko was started in Vancouver in 1979. Arashi Daiko has evolved over their 34-year existence, from their humble beginnings playing rhythms on old rubber tires. The group's original mission has remained constant: to be a community-based group sharing this exciting aspect of Japanese culture with the public at large. Arashi Daiko's members are all volunteers, giving taiko performances, workshops and classes out of devotion and respect for this dynamic art form. The group's practices and classes are held year-round at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre of Montreal (JCCCM).
Arashi Daiko has a diverse repertoire, from traditional festival pieces originating in Japan, to more contemporary pieces composed by Japanese, Canadian and American taiko players. Furthermore, the group plays now over ten original works composed by their own members.
Daito Ryu Koryukan — —
Centre Samourai Koryukan was established in 1999 by Sensei Medhat Darwish in Montreal, Canada, for a dedicated study to classical martial arts.
The center is specialized in Daitoryu Aikijujutsu, Yamato Tenshin Ryu Bojutsu and Heiho Niten Ichi Ryu of the famous samurai Miyamoto Musashi.
Komachi Montreal — —
Komachi Montreal is a Japanese dance group established in 2007 which performs Japanese folk dances throughout the Montreal region as well as in Quebec, New York and Ottawa. Our performances aim to make you live pleasant moments through traditional Japanese dances. Come and share this festive energy and dance with us!
This year is Komachi Montreal's 10th anniversary! We have some new types of Japanese folk dances, like dance with masks, dance of shintoism, and more! Of course, there will also be a Japanese dance workshop. Come dance and enjoy yourself with Komachi Montreal!
Last year, Komachi made a video of "Koi suru Fortune Cookie" by AKB48, a very popular J-pop idol group in Japan, to introduce the city of Montreal. We filmed several scenes during Otakuthon 2015.
Here is the video: (Scenes from Otakuthon 2015 are from 3:37)
Mokuyobi Iaido — —
Mokuyobi Iaido is the West Island Wing of Shidokan Montreal, an iaido dojo from the Musō Shinden-ryū school.
The classes, taught by Sensei Dean Jolly, are given in both French and English and comprise the kata specific to our school as well as those of Seitei Iai.