Taiko drumming

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Taiko drumming

  1. 1. Taiko Drumming
  2. 3. <ul><li>Taiko literally means 'fat drum' in Japanese. </li></ul><ul><li>Taiko drumming has been part of Japanese culture for many centuries. </li></ul><ul><li>Its roots lie in the countless temples and shrines scattered all over Japan where they are played in religious festivals and ceremonies. </li></ul><ul><li>It is said that the furthest point at which the village Taiko could be heard marked the edge of the village. </li></ul>
  3. 5. <ul><li>Taiko also found a home in warfare, making sounds big enough to scare the enemy. </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul>
  4. 7. World's biggest drum O' Daiko
  5. 8. <ul><li>The ōdaiko is the largest drum in all of taiko if not the entire world. </li></ul><ul><li>The largest ōdaiko are too big to move and permanently reside inside a temple or shrine. </li></ul><ul><li>It is made from a 4 ton block of wood weighing over 9 feet in diameter! It took 12 people over a year to make it. </li></ul><ul><li>Made from a single piece of wood, some ōdaiko come from trees that are hundreds of years old. </li></ul>

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