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The story of Taiko

Tamashii enso

 

Vita Ursula Coenen

Taiko, the art of Japanese drumming, as with the Japanese martial arts, has its roots in the ancient arts of Japan, with more than 2000 years of history.

 

Taiko has been used for many reasons and for many occasions, notably in Temples to honour the gods, during wartimes to motivate the troops, to put up the boundaries of a village with the sounds of the drum, and of course to highlight the many Japanese celebrations and festivals. And while the original traditions remain, like other Japanese arts, Taiko has also evolved into more modern forms.

 

Modern Taiko finds a place in entertainment both of formal and informal kinds. It is popluar both for players and audiences.  In practicing the way of Taiko, one learns to combine concentration, focus, discipline, teamwork and self-control with the ability to learn methodically. As a bonus, it is a great physical workout and is also loads of fun.

 

In the words of the great Bard, Shakespeare (with apologies) who put it better than anyone else ever has, "It (in our case Taiko) blesseth both him that gives and him that receives".

 

Practicing Taiko is not just playing a drum. As with all Japanese art forms, it is also a spiritual Way that is discovered through practice. Indeed, you only discover the most amazing part of Taiko when you reach your limits and pass beyond them.

kyu gyo sho itto

 

Our Taiko name Tamashii means Spirit or Soul.

 

 

 

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