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Taiko is a physically active form of Japanese drumming that is often accompanied by folk dancing. Key components of the taiko performance include technical rhythm, form, stick grip, shouts, and traditional dress. Various types of performances include "Kumi-daiko" and "hachijō-daio," the former of which is the most popular style outside of Japan. Taiko can be performed as a solo performance, but it is traditionally performed within a group. Many of the performances are energetic and incorporate various folk dances.

Is this activity known by any other names?

Wadaiko; Kumi-diak

What are the origins of the activity abroad and in Canada?

Taiko originated in Japan approximately 2,000 years ago. The activity began to gain popularity in Canada with an influx of Japanese immigrants at the beginning of the 20th century.

Who takes part?

Males and females of diverse ages, typically of Japanese heritage.

When does it occur / How often do you take part?

Workshops and classes occur year round in the GTA, while occasional performances occur at cultural festivals.

Are there any organized clubs, groups, organizations or leagues?

Arashido Taiko; Nagata Shachu; Raging Asian Women Taiko Drummers; Toronto Taiko Festival

Cultural Significance

This activity may be a significant form of physical culture to some members of the GTA's Japanese community.

Is there anything else we should know?



  • Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
    6 Garamond Court
    Toronto, ON M3C 1Z5
  • Canadian Japanese Cultural Centre of Hamilton
    45 Hempstead Drive
    Hamilton, ON L8W 2Y6
  • Nagata Shachu Taiko Studio
    112 Hymus Road
    Scarborough, ON M1L 2C9

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