We are making a call out to the taiko community in order to support one of our heroes and mentors Mark Miyoshi. As some of you may have heard on October 25th, Mark entered the hospital to find that he had experienced a stroke. The stroke has impaired the use of his right arm. He will be starting rehabilitation therapy and though he is still not out of the danger zone, the doctors are hopeful that he can return to the point that he can continue his craft – making taiko.
Mark does have health insurance but he could have up to $7,500 per year in out of pocket medical expenses. We are hoping to raise at least one year’s worth of medical expense coverage through the taiko community for his upcoming rehabilitation therapy. Hopefully we’ll be able to raise more than this amount and be able to cover more of his upcoming medical expenses.
Mark is a cultural treasure of our community. He has contributed greatly to the art of taiko making in this country. Many of the techniques for wine barrel and stave construction taiko were developed by Mark and shared openly. He lives a simple frugal live dedicated to his art and to helping others and I cannot think of anyone more worthy of our help.
Please make your donation out to Mark Miyoshi and send it to:
c/o Art Kameda
PO Box 1024
Mt. Shasta, Ca 96067
Or donate online via Paypal:
Thank you for your help.