Japanese Drumming

At the 2013 Toronto Buskerfest last year, we came across a group who were playing Japanese drums.

A Japanese drum. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
A Japanese drum. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

The group played enthusiastically and even added the movement required in their performance.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
Playing Japanese drums. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

However, I had previously seen a group of women play the Taiko drums and this group was in need of more practice. They needed to drum with more strength and athleticism. Have a look at the drumming of a well-known Japenese group:

When watching the drummers, I am always amazed by their body strength:

I have not seen again the women’s troupe I saw about 9 years ago at a festival – but I always keep my eye out for them. They were athletic, played with energy and strength, and seemed tireless.

Have you seen performers play the Japanese drums?

(This post is linked to Paula’s Thursday Special)

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

32 thoughts on “Japanese Drumming

  1. When I lived on the west coast, there was a yearly folk festival. There were workshops during the day and performances at night Drumming was the subject of one workshop, and I had the opportunity to see Japanese drumming with all the athleticism you describe during an evening performance.
    Drumming is such a cross-cultural expression of music and emotion.


  2. This is the first time I heard Taiko drums 🙂 Thank you very much Colline. I love your photos. You’ve captured the movement masterfully 🙂


    1. Yes indeed, my name is French – as was my maiden name Vinay.
      Thank you for your sunny thoughts – I appreciate them from this windy and cold city that I currently live in called Toronto 🙂


  3. Geez! Those drums are beaten up. You know how much I love taiko drums. It’s the best thing in Okinawa. Glad to know you witness it’s awesomeness. 😀


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