Yoshikazu Fujimoto joined Sado no Kuni Ondekoza in 1972, and was a founding member of Kodo in 1981. Since then, he has been the group's featured O-daiko player and center-man for the Yatai-bayashi climax. Yoshikazu is presently Kodo's most senior performing member. In recent years he has played a large role in educating the Kodo apprentices, and is conducting more and more workshops for the general public. No one in Kodo lives up to the name "Children of the Drum" like Yoshikazu; he simply loves the taiko.