Should I Go To Japan To Learn Taiko?

It depends on how ‘deep’ your thoughts are for learning Taiko! If you think you will be able to leave your family and friends, probably a job, just for the sake of learning Taiko, then you must book your tickets for Japan right away. Moreover, once you reach Japan, ensure that you hunt for a Taiko guru and learn the art form by wholeheartedly devoting yourself and mastering it.

No doubt about the fact that learning Taiko in Japan is inspiring, captivating, as well as adventurous. Also, there is nothing much better than finding the most experienced guru who will introduce you to the true origins of the art form. Taiko has always been the pride of Japan. It was used in ancient Japan over 2000 years ago. At that time, the drums were used as an instrument for religious rituals, to scare off animals, or as a communication tool among villagers.

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The groups that perform Taiko are referred as ‘kumi-daiko.’ One thing common to them is their passion for hitting the drums with sticks (Bachi). There are some groups that got attracted to Taiko because of the beautiful Japanese traditions and cultures while some were amazed with the dynamic sound of the drums. Taiko drumming does not merely consist of the performers using the drum and the drum stick (Bachi). The drummers aim for forming a connection between the drum and themselves through the four principles of Taiko i.e. attitude, kata, ki, and musical technique.

However, if you are not that interested in learning Taiko and just want to learn for some fun, then there is no need to travel all the way to Japan. Kodo, the Japanese Taiko group has helped in popularizing the amazing form of art across the world. It is estimated that there are over 1000 Taiko groups in the US. The Taiko boom has spread throughout America, Europe, and Australia. So, in whichever part of the world you reside, you will probably find Taiko classes somewhere nearby.

All you need is some patience, hard work, and dedication to finding the right classes for yourself. You can also try searching for some Taiko groups in your local area and aim to get involved with them. It would be fun to have a large group practicing Taiko together! The movement of the body, the sound of the drums, and the feeling of being connected with the group is a lifetime experience.

Just in case, all these options are not available in your area then you can always learn the art from the Internet. There are numerous eBooks and videos available online that will introduce you to this beautiful art. Moreover, it is very easy to master the art of Taiko. Kids can too learn it quickly as age has never been a deterrent for learning Taiko. So, don’t let anything stop you from learning the amazing art form of Taiko. The Internet has made this art form turn into a universal musical language, thus making people closer to the world.