Taiko is a broad range of Japanese percussion instruments. Most Japanese people are familiar with this instrument as it is used frequently at festivals. In Japanese, the term refers to any kind of drum, but outside Japan, it is used specifically to refer to any of the various Japanese drums called wadaiko (“Japanese drums”) and to the form of ensemble taiko drumming more specifically called kumi-daiko (“set of drums”).
The process of constructing taiko varies between manufacturers, and the preparation of both the drum body and skin can take several years depending on the method. A wadaiko is a Japanese drum that requires the use of wooden sticks called bachi. Wadaiko comes in many forms and sizes, such as the Nagado-daiko like the one shown in the photo above, and others like the Shime-daiko where the drum is tied down with ropes and bolts.
The history of the wadaiko dates back to ancient times when its loud sounds were used on battlefields to energize the warriors and also used as forms of communication. As time passed, the wadaiko became an accompaniment to festivities and lately, it is being used as an instrument for exclusive wadaiko performances.
The lesson has musical elements along with performance and sports factors as well (for the small group inside the studio).
The lesson consists of detailed techniques where the staff will teach you how to properly hold the bachi and the correct posture when striking the wadaiko drum. At the end of the lesson, you can also see a magnificent performance using the massive oodaiko by the instructor. It will be a memorable experience.
This activity will be loud, powerful, and super fun. No experience or Japanese language needed, just come on in and leave with a great memory.
If you are looking for a cultural experience around big cities like Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, you can try this, Taiko Lesson.
We can arrange this experience for small to big groups (200 pax). For a small group, there will be a studio for the place.
But for big group arrangement, an additional venue will be needed. Kindly note that these lessons will need prior reservations.
Just contact us for more information!