Heartbeat Drummer 2

A Taiko

Taiko were barrel-shaped drums. [1] [2] They were a military improvement introduced by the Kami Akodo himself. The drummers created a tempo that made easier for a unit to march in unison. [3]

Ikoma Otemi learned taiko before his gempukku. [4]

Types Edit

Taiko had head membranes that were stretched extremely taut, resulting in sharp high-pitched drumming sounds. Shako was a small hand-held drum, and odaiko was a massive drum with a diameter up to twice the height of a man. [5] In traditional court music a huge laced-head drum known as dadaiko was played. A tsuridaiko was a drum where the head was nailed directly to the body of the drum. The Rokugani also played a laced-head drum called ninaidaiko, carried during processions on a large pole. [6]

Festivals Edit

Taiko were often played during the Bon Festival, with people dancing in large circles. During the rice-planting festival a smaller taiko was hung around the drummer's neck, to accompany dancers to the field where the seeds were planted. Often, the boundaries of a village were determined by the headman as the farthest point to which the taiko could be heard. [6]


  1. Way of the Crane, p. 63
  2. Useful, by Nancy Sauer
  3. Way of the Lion, pp. 98-99
  4. Island in the Mist, Part III, by Rich Wulf
  5. Book of Air, p. 117
  6. 6.0 6.1 Game Master's Guide; 2nd Ed, p. 71

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