taiko

太鼓 (たいこ)

“drum”; in Japan, the general term for any drum, e.g. okedō, conga, djembe, snare; outside of Japan, taiko refers specifically to traditional Japanese drums, but within Japan, wadaiko is the term used; taiko can be divided into two large families of drums: byō-uchi-daiko, which have heads held by tacks, and shime-daiko, which have heads held by rope or by a hook and bolt system.

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