What is Taiko? Taiko simply means ‘drum’ in Japanese. Nowadays the word also means a contemporary style of drumming that has developed in Japan over the last 70 years. It has since become a worldwide phenomenon. Playing taiko is as fun as it looks but it is takes a lot of practice to do it well. Taiko spans aspects of fitness, percussion, choreography, and martial arts. Hitting the drum with power involves learning how to move freely, not holding any tension in your body, and feeling the rhythm as well as hearing it. Taiko Centre East is based in Norwich, East Anglia. We run classes, workshops, and perform in a wide range of settings.
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