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  • 1. Taiko Drumming
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    • Taiko literally means 'fat drum' in Japanese.
    • Taiko drumming has been part of Japanese culture for many centuries.
    • Its roots lie in the countless temples and shrines scattered all over Japan where they are played in religious festivals and ceremonies.
    • It is said that the furthest point at which the village Taiko could be heard marked the edge of the village.
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    • Taiko also found a home in warfare, making sounds big enough to scare the enemy.
    • 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
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  • 7. World's biggest drum O' Daiko
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    • The ōdaiko is the largest drum in all of taiko if not the entire world.
    • The largest ōdaiko are too big to move and permanently reside inside a temple or shrine.
    • 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.
    • Made from a single piece of wood, some ōdaiko come from trees that are hundreds of years old.
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