Traditional Japanese Taiko Drums Concert with Dako-on

The history of Taiko (太 鼓), the Japanese drum, probably dates back to the 6th century after its importation from neighboring countries such as China. Adoption during ceremonies in Buddhist temples, and later in Kabuki and No theater has allowed its expansion and diversification throughout the archipelago.

Members of the group Dako-on (打鼓 音) originate in Yokohama in the province of Kanagawa. The group, formed in 2006, regularly travels throughout Japan to give performances at festivals and competitions. They recently won the first prize for their song (the second one in the playlist) dedicated to the people of northern Japan, written to provide them with energy and courage in rebuilding their lives.

Find Dako-on on their official website (in Japanese).

Guillaume Erard
Author: Guillaume Erard
A resident of Japan for nearly a decade, Guillaume Erard trains at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo, where he received the 5th Dan from Aikido Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba. He also holds a 3rd Dan in Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu, the secretive art that Morihei Ueshiba learned from Sokaku Takeda. Erard is the Information Director of the International Aikido Federation and the Deputy Secretary of International Affairs of the Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu Shikoku Headquarters. He is also passionate about science and education and holds a PhD in Molecular Biology.
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