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Published on 04.27.2016
“Dako-on” is a group of original Japanese Taiko drummers which was established in 2006. Since their establishment, they have been participating in many Japanese Taiko drums competitions where they’ve won first prize several times. Most notable is their first place win in 2015’s “Taiko Festival,” where they also received Ministry of Education’s “Art Encouragement Prize.”
“Dako-on” offers a Japanese Taiko Drum class based in Yokohama city in the Kanagawa prefecture. The purpose of this class is to carry on the sound of Japanese Taiko to the next generation as a Japanese traditional culture. Everyone, from adults to children, can learn how to play Taiko drums if they are interested. There are some classes that people who have a minor developmental disorder can take as a special support class.
The group also performs at local communities and schools as a nonprofit organization. They have performed at more than one hundred schools throughout Japan, from Hokkaido to Kyushu. In their program list, there is not only a Taiko drum performance, but also a workshop where students actually can play Taiko drums, and even quiz game that students can enjoy. Dako-on plays Taiko drums with the hope that they will create dreams, and offer inspiration to as children many as possible.
Japanese Taiko drums have a very long history, so long that it is said that Taiko drums predate history. Taiko drum consist of a cylindrical frame, which is made from wood and is covered by cowhide. Taiko drums come in a variety of sizes, with the biggest one being over 180 centimeters.
“Dako-on” plays various sized Japanese Taiko drums. The sound is very powerful, and their sound reverberates through the body. It is also said that the frequency of the sound of a Taiko drum is similar to a mother’s heart beat heard by an unborn children hear in the womb. This explains the relaxation effects it has on the listener.
“Dako-on” introduces traditional Japanese culture to many people through the Japanese Taiko drum sounds.
Address: 1-19-9 Seya, Seya-ku, Yokohama-city, Kanagawa