The Way of TaikoBook - 2005
Taiko drumming is an ancient sacred practice in Japan, originally used to drive away pests from rice fields and then to call to the gods in thanks at harvest time. Today taiko in Japan, and especially in North America, has evolved into a form of mental, physical, and martial arts training that combines rhythm, harmony, and movement. This book is for anyone who would like to try taiko or who is fascinated by the instruments, dances, and compositions of a typically powerful taiko performance. Contains an introduction to taiko history as well as resources for students.
Heidi Varian is a longtime student of taiko and a taiko event producer.
Seiichi Tanaka is founder and director of the renowned San Francisco Taiko Dojo.