January 5 －30, 2013
Japan is blessed with bountiful forests, and that is a source of Japanese wood culture. Japanese drums are one of the objects which were born out of the long-nurtured wood culture.
Wood as material is an ideal for drum-making; it can expand or contract, yet very durable. It has impressive visual appeal with beautiful wood-grains, and its texture is very smooth and warm.
Asano Taiko, established in 1609, is one of the leading taiko makers in Japan, and makes approximately 8,600 various taiko drums a year. They have 60% of the market share in large drums.
Exhibited here are the drums made of Japanese zelkova. Asano Taiko, with their exceptional craftsmanship, has been crafting a wide range of taiko drums to meet the various requests on sound quality from many artists.
The sound of Japanese drums is deep and full, and very relaxing. Its sound exists within us.
We believe that the spirituality of the sound comes from its material “wood,” which roots in Japanese soil and grow slowly over many years in Mother Nature. The sound touches the heart of those who listened to it.
Please take your time to look into the drums exhibited here.