The Taiko Page
literally means 'fat drum' in Japanese.
Taiko drumming has been
part of Japanese culture for many centuries. Its roots lie in the
countless temples and shrines scattered all over Japan where they
are played in religious festivals and ceremonies. It
is said that the furthest point at which the village Taiko could
be heard marked the edge of the village. Taiko also found a home
in warfare, making sounds big enough to scare the enemy.
But it is only in the last
forty years that Taiko has become a performance art in itself. Groups
like Ondekoza and Kodo
regularly bring Taiko to a global audience
out the world's
biggest O' Daiko, made from a 4 ton block of wood
weighing over 9 feet indiameter! It took 12 peple over a year to
make it. (made by Asano Taiko)
of the oldest Taiko drum manufacturers in Japan
Taiko Drums Handcrafted
for the Most Demanding Taikoists completely awesome drums. See this
site to believe.
thunder: an excellent taiko resource