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One of our finest products is Taiko of highest quality.

Choice selection and great respect for the materials used for Taiko support the artisan's uncompromising spirit and time-consuming devotion to perfection. Our highly esteemed artisan's brilliance is particularly shown in treating the leather. The traditional way is quite distinguished from the nowadays' usage of the artificial chemicals. As for the repair, nearly 150 years of experience will assure you the best result. The reverberation of Taiko produced by Miyamoto Unosuke is infinite and pure. With such an instrument, we guarantee the performer to express his innermost feelings to an audience with clarity and heart.

Nagado Taiko

’·“·‘¾ŒÛ Nagado Daiko

Nagado literally means glong body,h and indeed Nagado taikofs bodies are longer in contrast to the diameter of the heads. For the body we use a single log of domestic Keyaki (zelkova) and Meari wood for their durability and the beauty of the grain. The craftsmen first hollow out the log roughly and then dry it for 3 to 5 years. When the body is dried enough, the craftsmen plane it to perfection and tack the leather on the drumheads.

Tsukeshime Taiko

•’÷‘¾ŒÛ Tsukeshime Taiko

Tsukeshime taiko is one of the most popular instruments among the variety of Taiko. The body is single, hollowed out log. And the drumheads (leather fixed on iron rings) have holes punched out along their rims for tightening ropes to lace through. Sandwiching the body with the heads and tighten the ropes and you have a Tsukeshime taiko ready for performance. It has 5 different kinds of heads depending on the thickness of the skin.

Okedo Daiko

‰±“·‘¾ŒÛ Okedo Daiko

The body of Okedo daiko is traditional barrel calledgOkeh.And the drumheads (leather fixed on iron rings) have holes punched out along their rims for tightening ropes to lace through. Unlike Nagado daiko, Okedo daiko is light and easy to tune. For these merits Okedo daiko have gained popularity among musicians in the past few decades.

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‘å’÷‘¾ŒÛ Ohjime Daiko

Ohjime taiko normally refers to Okeshime taiko from 60 cm to 150 cm in the sizes of diameter of drumheads.

Oshime Daiko

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Okejime Daiko

‰±’÷‘¾ŒÛ Okejime Daiko

Normally Okejime daiko is placed vertically to the ground. The use of Okejime daiko is quite flexible: you can make a variety of arrangements with Nagado taiko and other instruments to perform Kumidaiko ensemble.

Katsugi Daiko

‚©‚‚¬‘¾ŒÛ Katsugi Daiko

The heads of Katsugi okedo taiko are made with horsehide. Unlike most other Taiko that are placed on the stands, Katsugi okedo taiko is portable: the performer can carry it with a shoulder strap and freely move on the stage. Many artists are beginning to use them for more effective stage performances.

Hira Taiko

•½‘¾ŒÛ Hira Taiko

Like Nagado taiko, the drumheads are tacked onto the body, but the length of the body is considerably shorter in relation to the diameter of the heads. Hira taiko is commonly used with Hiratsuri Stand (hanging stand) at Buddhist temples, and for folk music and entertainment, the musicians play it on Three-legged Stand.

Uchiwa Taiko

’cî‘¾ŒÛ Uchiwa Taiko

The uniqueness of Uchiwa taiko lies in its shape: there is no drum body, the head is fixed on the iron ring and the handle is attached directly on the ring. A drum with such structure is quite a rarity in the world. Uchiwa taiko is originally used to accompany religious services in Nichiren Sect of Japanese Buddhism, but in recent years its potential for Taiko performances have been explored.

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