Inspirational Speaker

Speaking With Heart

With over 40 years experience as a taiko drumming musician, artist, composer, dancer, educator, and visionary in this music genre, PJ has a wealth of knowledge and inspiring stories that she shares through public speaking engagements at community, educational, corporate, and private events.

Frequently requested topics include:

  • TaikoPeace: Inspiring personal and social change through the spirit of the drum
  • North American Taiko: Roots, Impact, and the Unexpected
  • Women and Self-Expression: Why Taiko Matters

PJ welcomes invitations to speak about any number of topics related to the arts, wholistic taiko drumming, and the practice of peace and compassion. Contact PJ for more information. Speaking engagements (minimum 30 minutes) are fee-based starting at $500 (plus travel and expenses).

Past Speaking Engagements

-"Using the Cultures of the Valley to Strengthen and Sustain Us", DeAnza College, 2012

-"Social Change and Taiko", North American Taiko Conference, Stanford University, 2011

-"An Artist's Journey: TaikoPeace", Aldersgate Methodist Church, Los Altos, 2011

-"Taiko Reverberations: Healing, Community Building, Cultural and Social Activism", University of Toronto, 2010

-"San Jose Taiko and Social Justice", Theatre Mu Performing Arts, Minneapolis, 2009

-"Women and Taiko", North American Taiko Conference 2007, University of Washington


Featured interviews with PJ Hirabayashi