Taiko means fat or wide drum in Japanese.
While various taiko drums have been used in Japan for over 1400 years, the popular style best known today is an ensemble taiko drumming called more kumi-daiko which started in the 1950’s.
This blog post contains several pictures (and videos) taken in the past 2.5 years while we were living in Tokyo.
There was a group of young women performing at the base of Mount Takao during our visit in the fall of 2008.
Although the sakura (cherry blossoms) was the main feature of the Bokutei Sakura Matsuri held in at Sumida Koen (park) near Asakusa along the banks of the Sumida River, the taiko drumming performance was one of the more popular events.
There were a number of taiko drum performances held in the Roppongi Hills Arena.
On the last day of the Kurayami Matsuri festival, the feature event was held called Mikoshi-Togyo, a parade of portable shrines and giant drums.
Finally, a few YouTube videos featuring taiko drum performances which can be found on my channel.