Taiko is the Japanese word for drum and refers to the modern style of playing these drums. Wadaiko (in Japan) and kumi daiko (in North America) is movement infused, heart-pounding, dynamic group drumming.

WHY TAIKO?

  • Introduce and reinforce music skills and practice
  • Open a window to Japanese/Japanese American culture
  • Strengthen community
  • Encourage physical activity; emphasize gross and fine motor movements
  • Increase focus and concentration
  • Build confidence
  • Integrate mind, body, and spirit

RESEARCH JOURNAL:

Effects of Group Drumming Interventions on Anxiety, Depression, Social Resilience and Inflammatory Immune Response amount Mental Health Service Users

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Taiko is...

...passion (J.Cho)
...taking risks (J. Weir)
...community (J. Ellsworth)
...communication (M. Todokoro Buchanan)
...teamwork (C. O’Brien)
...fluid (E. Valentine)
...powerful (S. Tanabe)
...a gate (A. Teraoka)
— Enso Daiko members

Taiko Links and Resources

MNTAIKO
Making taiko drums affordable - local artisan taiko maker

TAIKO COMMUNITY ALLIANCE
Empowering the people and advancing the art of taiko

KADON
Online taiko and fue lessons

TAIKOSOURCE
Documenting the past, present, and future of taiko performance

ASANO TAIKO US

MIYAMOTO UNOSUKE SHOTEN