Earth Celebration 2022
Aug. 19–21 (Fri–Sun)
Every year since 1988, the rich natural splendor of Sado Island has set the stage for Earth Celebration (EC), a vibrant arts and culture festival hosted by Kodo Taiko Performing Arts Ensemble and Sado City. This year marks EC’s 35th anniversary.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, EC was held online in 2020 and 2021. However, this year preparations are well underway to welcome you all back to Sado Island to enjoy EC in person for the first time in three years.
Further details will be announced in English in late May.
Save the dates and join us on Sado Island this summer to enjoy connecting with people, arts, and music, surrounded by nature. Kodo and the local community are waiting for you!
Earth Celebration 2022
Main Guest Artist
We’re thrilled to announce that world renowned guitarist MIYAVI will be the main guest artist at EC 2022!
In the fall of 2021, Kodo collaborated with MIYAVI for the first time, appearing at MIYAVI Virtual Concert 6.0 at Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto. To commemorate EC’s 35th anniversary, we decided to invite MIYAVI to perform with Kodo here on Sado Island. It will be a new performance, exclusive to EC.
We are really excited to reunite MIYAVI with Kodo on the main stage at EC 2022. It promises to be an electrifying weekend!
The sound makes your soul tremble.
When I first visited Kodo on Sado Island for collaboration rehearsals, I felt that strongly.
Their sound makes the earth rumble, the air reverberate, and our souls tremble.
I want everyone to feel the undulating waves of that sound firsthand.
I’m really looking forward to sharing the stage with Kodo and experiencing their sound onstage again.
New EC Logo
We decided to update the EC logo to commemorate the festival’s milestone 35th year. We wanted a design that would embody the spirit of EC to date and kick off the festival’s next chapter with a new look and energy.
Since 2016, EC Committee has been networking with locals on Sado to implement new initiatives and activities in communities all over the island. We’ve done this under two banners: “Children of the Drum” and “Resounding Island–SADO.” Our various collaborations led us to cross paths with the illustrator who designed our new logo, Atsuko Ogawa. Ms. Ogawa was originally drawn to Sado Island by its nature and ended up relocating here. We are grateful for the beautiful nature and local initiatives that caused our paths to cross.
The concept for the logo is a vibrant, plentiful place with an ever-increasing circle of arts and exchange. It’s a symbol that connects EC’s past to its future, and Sado Island to the world.
EC is a festival that only takes shape when everyone comes together on Sado Island. We hope you’ll join us this year and help bring the celebrations to life!