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Kumi-daiko, Japanese drum groups

If we visit a “Matsuri” (祭り) traditional Japanese festival, sometimes found some bands playing percussion drums of different sizes. These drums are known as “Taiko” (太鼓), and played with wooden sticks called “Bachi”.

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The group Tenma-Daiko of Sagamihara.

The drums used are of different sizes, and binding of the sound of each one of them converge in a spectacular sound. This idea of playing the Taiko group emerged in 1951 thanks to Daihachi Oguchi, who was inspired by a jazz drummer, joining several drums of different size, shape and tone of sound.

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Playing with high energy one of the drums.

It is estimated that in Japan there are about 5000 Kumi-daiko, formed both by young people as adults. It’s another part of Japanese social life, both to relate to others, and to use it as a way to relax and de-stress.

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Drumming with sticks “Bachi”


  
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