Bakuhatsu Taiko Dan was founded by John Shinozaki and Stacey Clark in 2001. John was a freshman when he decided to establish a Taiko club at UC Davis. He only had two years of Taiko experience and one pair of bachi to begin with. John named the club Bakuhatsu, which means “explosion” to symbolize his enthusiasm for the ancient art form. Bakuhatsu Taiko Dan promotes the appreciation of Japanese culture, teamwork, and friendship.