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Taiko , the Japanese Drum

The word “Taiko” (太鼓) literally translates for “big drum” , but now used to refer to all Japanese traditional drums although they have different sizes.

This type of drum is the largest. Called Odaiko and is mainly played in front.

This type of drum is the largest. Called Odaiko and is mainly played in front.

It is believed that it was introduced to Japan by Chinese or Korean people since the 9th century, and since then have been used in different ways, either to communicate in the military, as part of religious ceremonies or as festive use, since it usually enliven traditional festivals and the drums are essential to dictate the pace for the traditional dance “Bon Odori” (盆踊り).

Taiko group performing with various types of drums.

Taiko group performing with various types of drums.

They are created from a large piece of wood, and covered with a membrane of bovine skin tightens to achieve the desired sound.

Byou-uchi-daiko are the most common types of drum. Membrane is stuck to the drum body.

Byou-uchi-daiko are the most common types of drum. Membrane is stuck to the drum body.


  
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