Taiko is the Japanese art of drumming. Originally the music of the court and temple, the drums were played singly or in pairs. The modern style of taiko performed as an ensemble is called kumidaiko. This style was created by a jazz drummer, Daihachi Oguchi, in 1951 and has since gained worldwide popularity.

The word "taiko" literally means "drum" or "fat drum." When used in certain compound words, such as for styles of playing, types of drums, and ensembles, the "T" sounds like "D" and it is spelled "daiko."

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History of Taiko
An article by Wendy Whiteside on the evolution of taiko to its modern day form. References and links.
Kuni's HomePage
Information about Hi no Taiko with photographs and audio samples of performances with explanations and terms, a Yoko-bue, the Japanese bamboo flute, tutorial, and links to Taiko sites. [Japanese, English]
Taiko Building
The basic elements of building a wine barrel Nagado daiko. Shows the procedure from start to finish.
Taiko Drums From A Small Planet
Information site about the Minnesota based dance and drum group Sanseiyonseikai. Audio clips, biographical data and links.
Taiko Oz
Professional Australian group, offering performances, classes and recordings. Video and audio clips, biographies, photos and performance information.
Taiko Skin
An African based site with informational pages on many aspects of Taiko.

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