Position: Performance coordinator
Joel's taiko career started in 2004, when his father encouraged him to join the San Francisco Taiko Dojo together with his brother. He quickly grew to love the community and art form, and had a great time playing there until heading off to college eight years later. From there he joined Cal Raijin Taiko as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, where the awesome friends he made cemented taiko as a lifelong passion. Since joining Jiten in 2016, Joel's been enjoying expanding his taiko boundaries to new limits, and meeting even more awesome people along the way.