High-pitched bamboo flute, used in Noh performances (as well as by some contemporary musicians in original compositions)
A medium- to large-sized byō-uchi-daiko. Medium-sized nagadō-daiko are typically called chū-daiko in North America.
Sometimes called miya-daiko (宮太鼓 みやだいこ）
A chū-daiko-sized nagadō-daiko
An end-blown flute, typically made from bamboo
A bamboo transverse flute
“Japanese-drums”; since all drums (e.g. bongos, djembe, conga, tom-tom, snare, etc) are called ‘taiko’ in Japan, it became necessary to differentiate by calling drums native to Japan ‘Japanese drums’
part of the traditional kanejaku system of measurement with units of sun, shaku, ken: 10 sun = 1 shaku; 6 shaku = 1 ken; though officially discontinued in 1966 in favor of the metric system, traditional craftsmen (e.g. carpenters, sword makers, taiko makers) still use shaku and sun; when ordering taiko in Japan, the size is given in shaku; 1 shaku = 30.3 cm = 11.9 in = 0.994 ft.
also known as the carpenter’s measure; traditional system of measurements used in Japan from 701 CE, when it was adopted as the official units of measurement until 1924 when the metric system was adopted; in 1966, use of the traditional kanejaku system was forbidden in any official uses, but it is still being used by traditional craftsmen, including taiko makers; 10 bu = 1 sun (1.193 inch), 10 sun = 1 shaku (11.93 inches), 6 shaku = 1 ken (71.57 inches), 60 ken = 1 cho (358 feet), 36 cho = 1 ri (2.44 miles)
“bamboo drumstick”; long, slightly flat drumsticks carved from bamboo; gives a sharp, slapping sound less resonant than that of wood bachi. Often wrapped in tape to prevent splintering and add additional weight, as well as tassels for aesthetic purposes
“bamboo”; a member of the grass family; in traditional culture, represents strength and flexibility; used for making bachi, percussion instruments and all types of Japanese flutes
“stand up stand”; a tachi-dai is an upright stand for tsukeshime-daiko, hiradō-daiko or smaller okedō-daiko that holds the drum with the head parallel to the ground; a taller stand than the beta-dai used for chū-daiko; holds the shorter drums at a comfortable hitting height when standing
Shime-daiko on tachi-dai