Ray and I had so much fun trying out Taiko drumming in Tokyo that we decided to find classes in New Mexico. Bushido Kenkyukai is a well-known dojo for taiko drumming and martial arts. We went to an introductory class which included demonstrations by local students and practice drumming.
As usual, New Mexico artists have added their own twist to a traditional Japanese art. The New Mexico version includes more drummers, extra instruments, and special riffs that aren’t heard in Japan. Still, the foundation is traditional so it’s a fascinating fusion of cultures.
Another local group NM Taiko is also seen at local events like the very popular Aki Matsuri, a Japanese fall festival.
For practicing, since taiko drums are expensive, many artists make use of old tires coveted tightly with packing tape.
It doesn’t give the depth of sound that a real drum does but it definitely is good for an active taiko workout.
So, are you tempted to try taiko drumming?