Japanese Taiko Drumming In Victoria: An Infectious Beat

Huge drums were collectively pounded with enough passion and strength to send electric chills through the air. As several Taiko Drummers seemingly mustered every piece of muscle and musicality they had in them, the resulting performance was something special to watch.

I was wandering around Victoria one morning when I heard the drums and made a bee-line in the direction of the beautiful beat.

If you have never heard of Taiko Drumming before, this is a Japanese art form that dates back thousands of years. It was once used to motivate troops as they marched towards battle.

Modern Taiko was founded in the 1950s and provided a way of transforming this type of drumming into an actual ensemble.

Along with the drumming, there is also plenty of grunting, dancing and military-like stances.

These powerful performances are always amazing to watch and never fail to create a high energy atmosphere that makes you feel like jumping up and down on the spot.

Although, far from dancing in the street to the infectious beat,  most people demurely decided to instead opt for a discreet bit of toe tapping.

I hope that these photographs portray the sheer amount of power that goes into this kind of drumming…

Have you ever seen a performance of Japanese Taiko Drumming?

6 Comments

  1. July 12, 2012 / 21:02

    Paul and I have been to a couple of Taiko Drumming performances and thoroughly enjoyed them. So gald you were able to see them. Great pics by the way!!

    • July 18, 2012 / 16:07

      Thanks Darlene, happy to hear you’ve enjoyed Taiko before. This was the first time I was able to sit through a proper performance. I remember I did an article at my old job on a school Taiko group and they gave me a small sample, but this was much more professional.

  2. July 15, 2012 / 21:44

    Nice post, Alison :) I haven’t been lucky enough to witness a Japanese Taiko drumming session, but it looks very cool.

    • July 18, 2012 / 16:02

      It’s always a good show. Have a look on YouTube if you’re curious about the sound. I should have recorded it really! Thanks :-)

  3. July 16, 2012 / 03:07

    The first time i saw Taiko drumming i was in Hobart at a spring festival. It was hilarious. It looked like so much fun and everyone was enjoying themselves. It also looked like very hard work. They did some traditional drumming but when they did the modern songs it was just amazing. I’m glad you got to enjoy it.

    • July 18, 2012 / 15:57

      It looks like a good workout and the energy created is fab. I would consider joining a Taiko group if there’s one nearby when I get home, which I’m sure there is.