HITOSHI SAKURAI, taiko stick drummer, was in the first class at the National Noh Theatre Noh Performers’ Training Course which began in 1983, studying with Komparu Taiko School headmaster, Komparu Soemon, as well as Mishima Gentaro, Oe Teruo and Komparu Kunikazu. He has played professionally since 1987. A member of Japan’s Noh Performers’ Association, he performs regularly in the Tokyo area and also has participated in numerous overseas tours including the 2006 Vancouver performance of "The Gull" and Theatre Nohgaku’s "Crazy Jane" tour.