The group was formed by Ikki Hino in 2002 with the objective of The group was formed by Ikki Hino in 2002 with the objective of creating the real sound of wataiko with a few players that could beat bigger drum groups.
Currently, Samurai Drum IKKI is based in Saitama, Japan, working actively all over the nation and abroad. Its unique style and concept that seeks the original resonance of genuine wataiko has gained international acclaim. “This will prove to be one of the finer taiko groups” is one of such praises IKKI received while performing in the biggest art festival Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2013 & 2014.
Also in Japan, IKKI’s performance has been welcomed with enthusi- asm at corporate events, civic cultural festivals, nursery schools, and international schools