The history of taiko is interwoven into the history of the Japanese people. Regarded as sacred since ancient times, the drum was first used to drive away evil spirits and pests harmful to crops. It was believed that by imitating the sound of thunder, the spirits of rain would be forced into action. At harvest time, the taiko was played in thanks for a bountiful crop. Today, taiko is played not only in the festivals, but in concerts throughout the world.
The essence of taiko is not only the skillful playing of percussion instruments, but also the discipline of mind and body in the spirit of complete respect and unity among the drummers. It is also the ultimate challenge of reaching the point of unity of the drummer's spirit with the drum
Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka founded San Francisco Taiko Dojo in 1968 based on the philosophy of unity of mind, body and spirit. Influenced by Confucianism and his training in the Chinese martial arts, he emphasizes the importance of rigorous physical, mental and spiritual training.
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