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Taiko () are a broad range of Japanese percussion instruments. In Japanese, the term refers to any kind of drum, but outside Japan, it is used to refer to any of the various Japanese drums called and to the form of ensemble taiko drumming more specifically called . The process of constructing taiko varies between manufacturers, and preparation of both the drum body and skin can take several years depending on method.

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Taiko drummers practice intensely for years in order to become masters. Kodo village is a commune located on the secluded island of Sado. There, students not only learn taiko drumming, but also form a community with fellow students. Having a relationship with stage mates improves the performance in a way that training alone cannot do!

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I'm gaining so much appreciation for the art of taiko performance lately!

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San Francisco Bay Area Taiko

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