Yurika Chiba was born in Japan and grew up in Toronto, Canada. In 1995, she began playing taiko in Tokushima, Japan and has since played with groups in Melbourne, Australia and northern California. Yurika joined San Jose Taiko's Artistic Staff in 2007, and now tours internationally and nationally, and performs locally at festivals, schools and corporate events. Her responsibilities also include leading rehearsals and workshops, composing original works, teaching in SJT's Junior Taiko program and working as Education Director of the annual Summer Taiko at Stanford camp. Yurika’s background in piano, dance, mixed media art, psychology and certification in TESOL combine in a unique mix to inform her work with taiko as an instrument for the individual’s expression of self and connection to community.