While living in Japan, Jessie first saw Taiko at a cultural festival in a remote village in Shizuoka Prefecture, where she was moved by the power of the drums. On her return to Calgary, a lively conversation with Rico and John at the Calgary Japanese Festival led her to trying it out. After performing with the group for about half a year, she left to pursue her Master’s degree in the UK. She is now back in Calgary and performing with the group once again.
Taiko provides a connection to the place she had called home for three years, and the spirit of Taiko helps strengthen her sense of community, culture and self. Jessie became a full member in summer, 2017.