Kota Arai was raised in Aogashima( most southern island of the Izu islands in Tokyo).
he grew up accustomed to the region's art and music (traditional drum,songs,dance).
He is a one of the master drummer of the traditional drum in Aogashima island(Kanju-taiko) and Hachijo island(Hachijo-taiko) and he can play many rhythms and grooves of them.They has a long form of drumming calture that dates back more than 400years.It is also said that there is a history of 900 years.
He is one of the very few taiko players who can express the real sounds of Hachijo-taiko and Aogashima-taiko.Their drumming culture is said that it is the most melodious and historically rich and warm and unique forms of Taiko drumming in Japan.It is the special culture of Taiko-Island in japan.
He performs and holds workshops to share the beauty and the pleasance to play Hachijo-taiko and Aogashima-taiko with group of members at the many places in the world.
Also as a Drummer, he plays in various music scenes.
Jazz,Rock,Pop,Improvisation,Experimental,African,Brazilian,with dancer, with painter....
He was big inspired by renowned drummer Brice Wassy from Cameroon in Africa. and he has travelled to Cameroon to study traditional African rhythms.
Recently he also travelled to study korean traditional and shaman music and Taiwanese aboriginal music and more......
he has received high acclaim for his natural groove created by his mastery in Japanese and East asian and Afro rhythms.