Taiko Craft Skills At Taiko Centre East, we make our own instruments based on traditional craft skills  learnt from a Japanese taiko maker. Making taiko is, in many ways, more fascinating and physically demanding than playing them. We no longer make taiko for other groups, but we are happy to give advice. We have a wide range of taiko for different styles of playing: 10 katsugi daiko 10 shime daiko 6 miya daiko 5 ojime daiko 1 Odaiko 25 practice drums 76 drums stands (how did that happen?)
Read about Taiko Listen to Taiko Watch Taiko These are katsugi daiko shells ranging from 2 shaku to 1.4 shaku. The plaits are made from rawhide stretched around the shell. Repair work for Mugenkyo, an old Asano daiko that needed a new bearing edge and skins Katsugi daiko skin lacquered Preparing a hiradaiko
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'Shime' means 'stitched'. Small high-pitched drums traditionally used in Noh theatre. Katsugi Daiko