Thank You Portland!

The 2019 North American Taiko Conference brought over 700 taiko enthusiasts to Portland, OR for three days of workshops, discussions, and performances. A great big thank you goes out to the Taiko Community of Portland for being such great hosts!

A Farewell Message from Terry 

NATC 2019 Conference Coordinator Terry Nguyen reflects on our time in Portland. Thank you to everyone who helped make this year's conference a big success. Stay tuned for news about 2021!

We Did It! #NATC19 is going live! 

Our generous taiko community has officially met the $5k matching challenge from kaDON/Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten, allowing us to produce a livestream broadcast of NATC 2019 highlights, including the Taiko Ten Concert and our Opening and Closing Plenaries. Thank you to everyone who contributed - you’ve helped bring #NATC19 to the world! Please stay tuned for our broadcast schedule shortly before the conference weekend.

Supported by grants from:

Special Thanks:

All conference attendees, even those planning to observe or who are registered for workshops, are welcome to join our Volunteer ranks and help make this year's NATC amazing for everyone! Volunteer opportunities are available for Equipment, Registration, Marketplace, Photo/Video, and Workshop Monitor tasks. Visit for more information and to sign up for a shift.

Pro Tips

Check the shift times! Make sure you're not signing up during a timeframe that conflicts with a workshop you are attending or wish to observe. Some shifts span multiple workshop sessions.

Can't make the entire shift as listed? When you register, you'll have the opportunity to let us know what times you are free and able to lend a hand, if these don't exactly line up with the official shift times.

Any additional questions? Let us know by emailing:

From PDX to PDU - Directions from the Airport

Per the PSU Website

Public Transportation

TriMet is Portland's public transportation system. TriMet consists of bus, MAX Train, Street Car, and WES Commuter Rail. To find out more about TriMet, please click here and note their memo about MAX service disruptions during the conference weekend, available here. 

If taking a MAX Train to PSU, shuttle buses will run between the airport and the Kenton/N Denver MAX Station along the MAX Yellow Line. The shuttle bus trip will take about 20 minutes and depart every 20 minutes. You can board the shuttle bus at the regular Line 272 bus stop on the lower arrivals level near the MAX station (Stop ID 13504). At Kenton/N Denver Ave Station, transfer to a MAX Yellow Line train and take this to PSU (the last stop on this line). Please be sure to check the MAX Service Disruption Notice for the most up-to-date travel information.

If you're arriving before Friday and don't intent to head directly to PSU,  the above MAX route will also serve to get you into the Downtown Portland area. Simply get off at a different station as suits your needs. The Union Station/NW 5th & Glisan MAX Station is your gateway to Downtown. For even more customization, Google Maps has been updated to accurately advise on routes currently available during the rail construction. Please be sure to check in at an Information Kiosk in PDX when planning your route to account for any unexpected service changes.

Click here for a Sample Route to PSU using the MAX Yellow Line (

Click here for a Sample Route to PSU using the MAX Red Line (

Click here for a Sample Route to PSU using the MAX Blue Line (

Click here for a Sample Route to a Special Destination in Downtown Portland (

Blue Star Shuttle to Portland Downtown

The Blue Star Shuttle is the only shuttle to Downtown Portland and Lloyd Center. It leaves PDX every 30 minutes to hotels in Lloyd Center and Downtown Portland. The cost is $14 each way or $24 roundtrip per person. See the Blue Star Shuttle website for a detailed schedule of stops and contact information.

Taxi Cab

Hiring a taxi is your fastest (and most expensive) option. Taxis are always available at the airport and will charge about $40 for a ride to PSU. The ride will take 20-40 minutes. If heading directly to Registration, you can provide your driver with the address for the Smith Memorial Student Union, found below.

Conference Locations

Smith Memorial Student Union

1825 SW Broadway

Portland, OR 97201

Lincoln Hall

1620 SW Park Ave

Portland, OR 97201

What's happening here?

  • Registration & On-Campus Housing Check-in
  • Taiko Marketplace
  • Opening and Closing Sessions
  • Welcome Reception & Taiko Ten Concert
  • Taiko Jam Reception
  • Select Workshops
  • Community Forum
  • Ei Ja Nai Ka: Connecting Through Dance

What's happening here?

  • Select Workshops
  • NATC Behind the Scenes
  • Taiko Jam Concert and Matinee

On-Campus Housing Locations

The Broadway

625 SW Jackson St

Portland, OR 97201


1912 SW 6th Ave

Portland, OR 97201

Victor's Dining Center

(On-Campus Housing Guest Meals)
First Level of Ondine Residence Hall

1912 SW 6th Ave

Portland, Oregon 97201

Any additional questions? Let us know by emailing:


The North American Taiko Conference (NATC) is not affiliated with, nor does it endorse any transportation service provider that is listed above and utilized by any group or individual.

NATC does not indemnify any transportation services provider whatsoever, and does not provide transportation services insurance for third party providers.

Any group or individual who chooses to use any third party transportation services listed on this website does so at their own risk and responsibility without exception.

Both Daily and Hourly parking is available throughout PSU’s campus. Passes for both daily and hourly parking may be purchased via phone using an app called Parking Kitty. Please see the map of PSU Parking Locations below for more information, including locations and rates*.

Daily parking passes may be purchased in-person at the Summer Housing and Conferences desk, located in The Broadway Building, Suite 210. Conference guests who purchase passes through the Summer Housing and Conferences desk will be able to park in Structure 1. Guests who use Parking Kitty will still have the option to park in Structure 1, but the number of spaces will be limited; however, guests who use Parking Kitty will be able to take advantage of street parking, whereas permits purchased from the Summer Housing and Conferences desk are only valid for Parking Structure 1.

For a more detailed breakdown of PSU parking locations, rates*, and accepted forms of payment, please visit PSU’s Transportation and Parking Services website.

Conference locations include the Smith Memorial Student Union, Lincoln Hall, and for On-Campus Housing guests, The Broadway and Ondine. Please reference the map below to see how these buildings relate to available parking zones.

If you are interested in visiting other areas of Portland during your stay and would like to learn more about Parking Kitty for use outside of PSU parking zones, visit the Portland Bureau of Transportation and Parking’s website, which highlights Parking Kitty zones throughout the City of Portland.

*Rates are subject to change.

Registration Check-in will take place in the Smith Memorial Student Union on both Friday and Saturday, but will be shifting locations within the building to accommodate conference events. Please make a note of the following locations and times:

  • Friday, August 9: Registration is open from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM in SMSU 296/298.
  • Saturday, August 10: Registration is open from 8:00 AM to 12:00PM in SMSU Ballroom 355 Foyer.

Smith Memorial Student Union

1825 SW Broadway

Portland, OR 97201

If you are planning to attend the Taiko Ten reception on Friday, August 9, you must complete your Registration Check-in to receive your conference badge. Your conference badge will be required to gain entry to all conference spaces, including Taiko Ten.

At Registration, you can expect to receive the following items:

  1. Your Registration Package, which includes:
    • The Conference Program
    • Name Tag and Badge Holder
    • Workshop Tickets (Only applies to Workshop and Mini-Intensive Participants)
  2. Any pre-purchased add-ons (Taiko Jam tickets, T-Shirts)
  3. Housing Check-in Information (if staying in the On-Campus dorms)
    *You will need to complete NATC Registration before checking in to the dorms!

On-Campus Housing Guests will receive your dorm assignment and check-in information when you sign in at NATC Registration. The earliest you can check in to housing is 1:00 PM on Friday, August 9, following the completion of your NATC Registration Check-in. Please note that linens will be provided in all rooms, but toiletries are not; all on-campus housing guests should bring their own soaps, shampoos, etc. as needed.

Workshop Participants: If you feel that a workshop placement isn’t a good match for your interests, please come by the registration desk and participate in our Workshop Swap! Tickets to workshops with available spaces will be posted on our Workshop Swap boards for you to peruse. Take a look, find a better-suited workshop, and then register your swap with the Workshop Swap attendant. Please note that Mini-Intensive Participants do not qualify for Workshop Swap.

Any additional questions? Let us know by emailing:

On-Campus Housing Guests will receive your dorm assignment and check-in information when you sign in at NATC Registration. The earliest you can check in to housing is 1:00 PM on Friday, August 9, following the completion of your NATC Registration Check-in. 

Please note that linens will be provided in all rooms, but toiletries are not; all on-campus housing guests should bring their own soaps, shampoos, etc. as needed.

Registration Check-in, which includes On-Campus Housing Check-in, will take place in the Smith Memorial Student Union. On Friday, August 9, Registration opens at 1:00 PM in SMSU 296/298.

Smith Memorial Student Union

1825 SW Broadway

Portland, OR 97201

All NATC Attendees staying in Broadway and Ondine Residence Halls have a Meal Plan, which includes breakfasts and dinners served at Victor’s Dining Hall (located on first level of Ondine Residence Hall) at the below times. Admission to this space requires a conference registration badge with a Meal Plan indicator.

FRIDAY, August 9, 2019

  • Dinner is 4:30 PM-7:30 PM
    *Planning to attend the Opening SessionReception, and Taiko Ten Concert? We strongly encourage taking advantage of your Meal Plan prior to the start of the Opening Session at 6:00 PM. Only light refreshments will be served during the Reception.

SATURDAY, August 10, 2019

  • Breakfast is 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
  • Dinner is 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

SUNDAY, August 11, 2019

  • Breakfast is 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Thank You to our Sponsors!

Conference registration fees and ticket sales cover only 65% of the cost to produce NATC. To make this event possible, we rely on grants, sponsorships, and individual donations. We are truly appreciative of the following individuals and organizations who have committed to making this year's conference possible.

Platinum Sponsors

 Gold Sponsors

 Silver Sponsors

Kyle 'Big K' Abbott - Bachido
Community of Cortez
Kato Taiko
Kishin Daiko
Kodo Arts Sphere America
Derek Oye
San Jose Taiko

 Bronze Sponsors

Arashi Daiko, Montreal
Alysse Itatani
Kaminari Taiko/UpSynergy
Matt Ogawa
Oregon Buddhist Temple

 Copper Sponsors

Mitchell Fukumoto
Grow Zen Culture Space
Shinobu Homma - Chibi Taiko
Franco Imperial & Wisa Uemura
In Appreciation of TCA
Jun Daiko
Sean Kobashigawa
Ron & Elaine Miyamura
Karen Patrick

Sano & Uyechi Family
Lika Seigel
Alex Sinclair
Taiko with Toni
TaikoArts Midwest (Enso Daiko & ensembleMA)
Karen Young
Krystal Young