|Other names||wadaiko, taiko drum|
(Instruments in which the membrane is struck directly, which have tubular bodies.)
|Inventor(s)||Unknown, origin possibly from India, China, or Korea.|
|Developed||5th-7th century CE|
In a traditional Japanese village the odaiko (big drum) defined the extent of the village land. In modern Japan, wadaiko has become more of a performance art, seen only during festivals or in concert. The most famous Wadaiko performance group are 'Kodo' (meaning heart-beat). They are not only the worlds most respected Japanese drumming group, they also maintain many traditional art forms. They group lives on the island 'Sado Higashima' and live together as a community in a traditional way. Many other cultures have adopted this style of drumming, from Germany and the United States to Australia.
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