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.


There were a number of groups who played during the Kanda Myojin Omikoshi Togyo (Kanda Festival) held in Kanda Myojin Shrine near Akihabara.



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.


Before the bon odori dance started, taiko drumming were performed during the Tsukiji Honganji Noryo Bon Odori Taikai held in the Tsukiji Honganji Temple.


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.

Please visit Show Me Japan for other Japan related blog posts started by Anna at budgettrouble.com.

9 thoughts on “Taiko

  1. Wow! This is a most excellent post. I’m a fan of Taiko myself. Always video a performance if I happen to see one.
    Thank you so much for adding your entry to Show Me Japan.
    But could you be so kind and include a link back to the Show Me Japan meme in your post? That way your readers can explore more if they want to. Thank you so much!
    I’ll turn all entries into permanent links once the Linky widget expires.
    Have a great Sunday!

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  3. Konnichiwa!
    Thank you for participating in “Show Me Japan”.
    I find your entry very intriguing and ideal post for showing how traditional Japanese drum performance is inherited to the 21st Century! Your photos are awesome and that explains a vibrancy of their performance.
    Have a good day!

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  5. Hi there again, 🙂

    So… we did a totally random selection to feature 5 participants from Issue #1 on the front page of Issue #2 of Show Me Japan, and you’re it!
    And I’d like to know if it’s OK to use your photo on my blog, of course with full attribution and a link back here? And I won’t hotlink, either.

    Please let me know, I’d like to open Issue #2 for posting on Friday at 1AM.
    Thank you!!! 🙂

    PS. In the link above, one “t” is missing in “budgettrouble”

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