22 Facts About Taiko


Taiko is considered a master performer and helped transform performance from its roots in traditional settings in festivals and shrines.

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Taiko have been developed into a broad range of percussion instruments that are used in both Japanese folk and classical musical traditions.

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Taiko are generally classified based on the construction process, or the specific context in which the drum is used, but some are not classified, such as the toy den-den daiko.

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Taiko are categorized into three types based on construction process.

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Taiko can be categorized by the context in which they are used.

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Taiko construction has several stages, including making and shaping of the drum body, preparing the drum skin, and tuning the skin to the drumhead.

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For instance, among other concepts, the San Francisco Taiko Dojo is guided by rei emphasizing communication, respect, and harmony.

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System of fundamentals Japan Taiko put forward was not widely adopted because taiko performance varied substantially across Japan.

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An updated 2001 publication from the Foundation, called the Nihon Taiko Kyohon, describes regional variations that depart from the main techniques taught in the textbook.

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Taiko mentioned some of its unique features, such as "a taiko is suspended from a tree while women and children gathered around", and observed that a player used either side of the drum while performing.

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The first group, called Ataru Taru Taiko, was formed in 1995 by Paulene Thomas, Harold Gent, and Kaomori Kamei.

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Taiko was popularized in Brazil from 2002 through the work of Yukihisa Oda, a Japanese native who visited Brazil several times through the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

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The first group, San Francisco Taiko Dojo, was formed in 1968 by Seiichi Tanaka, a postwar immigrant who studied taiko in Japan and brought the styles and teachings to the US.

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San Jose Taiko later formed in 1973 in Japantown, San Jose, under Roy and PJ Hirabayashi.

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Taiko started to branch out to the eastern US in the late 1970s.

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Taiko performance has been featured in commercial productions such as the 2005 Mitsubishi Eclipse ad campaign, and in events such as the 2009 Academy Awards and 2011 Grammy Awards.

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Taiko performance has frequently been viewed as an art form dominated by men.

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Taiko Road, representing the contributions of burakumin, is found in Naniwa Ward in Osaka, home to a large proportion of burakumin.

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Taiko performance was an important part of cultural development by third-generation Japanese residents in North America, who are called sansei.

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Groups such as San Jose Taiko were organized to fulfill a need for solidarity and to have a medium to express their experiences as Japanese-Americans.

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Taiko is known for asserting intellectual control of the group's performance style, which has influenced performance for many groups, particularly in North America.

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Taiko was awarded the 47th Education Minister's Art Encouragement Prize, a national award, in 1997 as well as the 8th Award for the Promotion of Traditional Japanese Culture from the Japan Arts Foundation in 2001.

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