Academic Dissertations & Theses

Author Title Type, Institution, Year Download Link
Ahlgren, Angela “Drumming Asian America: Performing Race, Gender, and Sexuality in North American Taiko.” Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of Texas at Austin, 2011. U Texas Digital Repository
Bender, Shawn “Drumming between Tradition and Modernity: Taiko and Neo-Folk Performance in Contemporary Japan.” Ph.D Dissertation, University of California, San Diego, 2003. ProQuest
Bensen, Daniel Maier “Taiko: The Formation and Professionalization of a Japanese Performance Art.” Honors Project, Bowdoin College, 2006.  
Carle, Sarah “Bodies in Motion: Gender, Identity, and the Politics of Representation in the American Taiko Movement.” Masters’ Thesis, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, 2008. U Hawaii Manoa ScholarSpace
Carter, Carrie “Inventing Taiko” MA Thesis, University of Hong Kong, 2013 HKU Scholars Hub
Endo, Kenny “Yodan Uchi: A Contemporary Composition for Taiko.” MA Thesis, University of Hawaii, 1999.  
Itoh, Keiko “A Journey to Be a Japanese Drama Therapist: An Exploration of Taiko Drumming as a Therapeutic Resource for Drama Therapy.” California Institute of Integral Studies, 1999. ProQuest
Kobayashi, Kim Noriko “Tracing the Development of Kumi-Daiko in Canada.” Graduate Thesis, The University of British Columbia, 2006. UBC cIRcle
Konagaya, Hideyo “Performing the Okinawan Woman in Taiko: Gender, Folklore, and Identity Politics in Modern Japan.” Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Pennsylvania, 2007. UPenn Repository
Lorenz, Shanna “’Japanese in the samba’: Japanese Brazilian musical citizenship, racial consciousness, and transnational migration” Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. 2007. ProQuest
Lounsberry, Joyce Beverly “The power of the drum: A multi-cultural journey into spiritual transformations and mind-body healing experiences by eight professional women drummers” Ph.D. Dissertation, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. 2001. ProQuest
Otsuka, Chie “Learning Taiko in America.” “”Master’s Thesis, University of Tsukuba, 1997.  
Pachter, Benjamin “Drumming for the Mouse: Kumidaiko and the Exhibition of “Japan” at Walt Disney World.” Master’s Thesis, University of Pittsburgh, 2009. D-Scholarship @ Pitt
  Wadaiko in Japan and the United States: The Intercultural History of a Musical Genre.” Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. 2013. D-Scholarship @ Pitt
Panalaks, Miyako Saito “The Ma of Taiko.” Masters Thesis, Dalhousie University, 2001. ProQuest
Powell, Kimberly “Learning Together: Practice, Pleasure and Identity in a Taiko Drumming World.” Ph. D. Dissertation, Stanford University, 2003. Stanford SearchWorks
Ruth, Chelsey, and Philip Tanedo “Yonsei Taiko.” Unpublished Class Report, Stanford University, 2004.  
Sameshima, Lydia “A stress intervention using group taiko drumming for caregivers of the elderly” Ph.D. Dissertation, California State University, Long Beach. 2005 ProQuest
Schnell, Scott Randall “The Rousing Drum: Ritual, Change, and Adaptation in a Rural Mountain Community of Central Japan.” Dissertation, The Ohio State University, 1993. ProQuest
Small, Joe “Expressions and Negotiations of Japanese Masculinity via Odaiko Solo Drumming” Master’s Thesis, University of California Los Angeles, 2014  
Taylor, Katharine “Taiko Drumming and its Effects: How Taiko Affects Participants and Audiences” Department of Music, University of Birmingham  
Tusler, Mark “The Los Angeles Matsuri Taiko: Performance Aesthetics, Teaching Methods, and Compositional Techniques.” Master’s Thesis, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1995.  
  “Sounds and Sights of Power: Ensemble Taiko Drumming (Kumi Daiko) Pedagogy in California and the Conceptualization of Power.” Ph.D. Dissertation, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2003.  
Viviano, Anna “Made in Japan: Kumi-daiko as a New Art Form.” Doctor of Musical Arts Dissertation, School of Music, University of South Carolina. 2013. Scholar Commons
Vogel, Brian “Transmission and Performance of Taiko in Edo Bayashi, Hachijo, and Modern Kumi-Daiko Styles.” Ph.D. Dissertation, Rice University, 2009. Rice U Digital Scholarship Archive
Williams, Jay McKay “Cultural performance: The personal and collective negotiation of ethnic identity through powwow and taiko drumming in Chicago.” Doctor of Philosophy Dissertation, The University of Chicago. 2013.

Articles – Academic Journals

Author Title Journal Info Download Link
Ahlgren, Angela “Butch Bodies, Big Drums: Queering North American Taiko.” Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture, 20 (2016): 1-26. Project MUSE
Asai, Susan Miyo “Transformations of Tradition: Three Generations of Japanese American Music Making.” The Musical Quarterly 79, no. 3 (Autumn 1995): 429-53. JSTOR
Bender, Shawn “Drumming from Screen to Stage: Ondekoza’s Odaiko and the Reimaging of Japanese Taiko.”  The Journal of Asian Studies 69, no. 03 (2010): 843-67. JSTOR
  “Of Roots and Race: Discourses of Body and Place in Japanese Taiko Drumming.” Social Science Japan Journal 8, no. 2 (2005): 197-212. JSTOR
Creighton, Millie “Consuming Rural Japan: The Marketing of Tradition and Nostalgia in the Japanese Travel Industry.” Ethnology 36, no. 3 (Summer 1997): 239-54. JSTOR
Fujie, Linda Japanese Taiko Drumming in International Performance: Converging Musical Ideas in the Search for Success on Stage.” the world of music 43, no. 2+3 (2001): 93-101. JSTOR
Gould, Michael “Gozo Daiko.” Percussive Notes April 1996 (1996): 41-46.  
  “Taiko Classification and Manufacturing.” Percussive Notes (June 1998): 12-20.  
Hashimoto, Hiroyuki, and David Ambaras “Re-Creating and Re-Imagining Folk Performing Arts in Contemporary Japan.”  Journal of Folklore Research 35, no. 1 (Jan.- Apr. 1998): 35-46. JSTOR
Hennessy, Sarah “’Taiko SouthWest’: developing a ‘new’ musical tradition in English schools” International Journal of Music Education 23, no. 3 (December 2005): 217-226 Sage
Izumi, Masumi “Amerika Ni Okeru Wadaiko No Kigen to Hatten: “Nihon” Bunka Ishoku No Mitsu No Ruikei アメリカにおける和太鼓の起源と発展 : 「日本」文化移植の三つの類型.” Gengo Bunka 言語文化 [Language and Culture ] 11, no. 2 (2008): 139-68.  
  “Reconsidering Ethnic Culture and Community: A Case Study on Japanese Canadian Taiko Drumming.” Journal of Asian American Studies 4, no. 1 (Februrary 2001): 35-41. Project MUSE
Johnson, Henry “Why Taiko? Understanding Taiko Performance at New Zealand’s First Taiko Festival.” Sites: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies 5, no. 2 (2008): 111-34. SITES website
  “Drumming in the transcultural imagination: Taiko, Japan and community music making in Aotearoa/New Zealand International Journal of Community Music 5, 1 (March 2012) Intellect Books
Kobayashi, Kim Noriko “Asian Women Kick Ass: A Study of Gender Issues within Canadian Kumi-Daiko.”  The Canadian Folk Music/Bulletin de Musique Folkorique Canadienne 40, no. Spring 2006 (Spring 2006): 1-11. Canadian Folk Music website
Konagaya, Hideyo “Taiko as Performance: Creating Japanese American Traditions.” The Japanese Journal of American Studies, no. 12 (2001): 105-24. JJAS website
  “Taiko No Hyōshō  to Masukyuriniti No Hōchiku- Minzoku Dentō Ni Yoru Nihonjin to Nikkei Amerika-Jin No Teikō 太鼓の表象とマスキュリニティの構築-民俗伝統による日本人と日系アメリカ人の抵抗.” Amerika Taiheiyō Kenkyū アメリカ太平洋研究 [Pacific and American Studies] 2, no. 3 (2002): 113-27. ResearchGate
Kuwabara, Mizuki “Sousaku Wadaiko to Jendaa – Jousei-sousha no Ichizuke wo Megutte 創作和太鼓とジェンダー–女性奏者の位置づけをめぐって.” (Sousaku Taiko and Gender : A Discussion on Position of Female Performer) Studies in Urban Cultures 6 (2005):2-17. Osaka City University Repository
Lem, Brenda Joy “Inner Truth Taiko Dojo.” GEMS – Gender, Education, Music & Society 4 (2008):1-10. CiteSeerX
Morishita, Shuji “Sado Ondekoza Ni Okero Jimoto Sōsha to Beikoku Nikkei Sōsha No Taiko Ensō No Hikaku 佐渡鬼太鼓における地元奏者と米國日系奏者の太鼓演奏の比較.” Niigata Daigaku Kyōiku Ningen Kagakubu Kiyō Jinbun, Shakaigaku-hen 新潟大學教育人間科學部紀要 人文?社會科學編 [Memoirs of the Faculty of Education and Human Sciences. Humanities and Social Sciences of Niigata University] 9, no. 1 (2006/10 2006): 101-05. Niigata University Repository
Nozawa, Toyoichi, and Chihiro Nishijima Ishikawa-Ken Chihō No Kenka Taiko Uchi Kyōgikai: Hi-Japanesuku, Hi-Ekizochishizumu Na Chiiki Bunka 石川県能地方の県下太鼓打協議會: 非ジャパネスク, 非エキゾチシズムな地域文化.” Ningen Shakai Kankyō Kenkyū 人間社會環境研究 [Human and Socio-Environment Studies] 20 (2010): 55-71.
Olsen, Dale A. “Japanese Music in Brazil.” Asian Music 14, no. 1 (1982): 111-31. JSTOR
O’Mahoney, Terry “Kodo: Japanese Taiko Masters.” Percussive Notes (February 1998): 6-10.  
Pachter, Benjamin “Displaying ‘Japan’: Kumidaiko and the Exhibition of Culture at Walt Disney World.”  Asian Musicology 14 (2009 2009): 84-124.  
Powell, Kimberly “Composing Sound Identity in Taiko Drumming.” Anthropology & Education Quarterly 43, no. 1 (March 2012): 101-19. JSTOR
  “Drumming against the Quiet: The Sounds of Asian American Identity in an Amorphous Landscape.” Qualitative Inquiry 14, no. 6 (2008): 901-25. SAGE
Sutton, R. Anderson “Drumming in Okinawan Classical Music: A Catalogue of Gestures.” Dance Research Journal 13, no. 1 (Autumn 1980): 17-28. JSTOR
Takata, Takeshi “The Thundering World of the Taiko.” Look Japan (January 1998). Rolling Thunder
Wong, Deborah “Taiko and the Asian/American Body: Drums, ‘Rising Sun,’ and the Question of Gender the world of music 42, no 3, Local Musical Traditions in the Globalization Process (2000) JSTOR
  “Asian American Improvisation in Chicago: Tatsu Aoki and the ‘New’ Japanese American Taiko.” Critical Studies in Improvisation 1, no. 3 (2006). Critical Studies in Improvisation
Yagi, Yasuyuki “Furusato No Taiko – Nagasaki-Ken Ni Okeru Kyōdo Geinō No Sōshutsu to Chiiki Bunka No Yukue ふるさとの太鼓ー長崎県における郷土蕓能の創出と地域文化のゆくえ.” Jinbun Chiri 人文地理 [Descriptive Geography] 46, no. 6 (1994): 581-603. CiNii
Yoon, Paul J. “‘She’s Really Become Japanese Now!’: Taiko Drumming and Asian American Identifications.” American Music 19, no. 4 (Winter 2001): 417-38. JSTOR
  “Asian Masculinities and Parodic Possibility in Odaiko Solos and Filmic Representations.” Asian Music 40, no. 1 (2009): 100-30. JSTOR

Articles – Magazine (Select)

Author Title Info Download Link
  “East Meets East: Kodo in Korea and China.” the Kodo beat, summer 2000, 1-2.  
Fromartz, Samuel, and Lauren Greenfield “Anything but Quiet.” Natural History, March 1998, 44.  
McNicol, Tony “Drum Songs: The Intoxicating Music of Hachijojima.” Wingspan, January 2006, 31-35. McNicol’s website

Articles – Newspaper (Select)

Author Title Newspaper, Date Download Link
  “Sado Folk Music Group to Perform in Tokyo.” The Japan Times, Thursday, February 12 1976.  
  “Daihachi Oguchi, 84, Japanese Drummer, Dies.”  The New York Times, June 28 2008. NY Times
Chan, Erin “They’re Beating the Drum for Female Empowerment.”  Los Angeles Times, July 15, 2002 2002. LA Times
Collins, Glenn “Kodo and the Visceral Sound of One Huge Drum Throbbing.”  The New York Times, February 20, 1990 1990. NY Times
Fitzgerald, Ray “These Japanese Run with Rhythm.” Boston Globe, April 19 1976.  
Kageyama, Yuri “Following the Drumbeat: Percussionist Pursues His Ancestral Heritage.” The Japan Times Weekly, June 21 1986.  
Navarro, Mireya “Young Japanese-Americans Honor Ethnic Roots.” The New York Times, August 2 2004. NY Times
Steinberg, Michael “East, West Mix So-So Musically.” Boston Globe, July 26 1976, 10.  
Taylor, Robert “Drum-Beating, Flute-Playing Marathoners in Lively Show.” Boston Evening Globe, Tuesday, May 11 1976, 25.  
Yamamoto, J.K “North American Taiko Conference Features ‘Jam’ Session.” The Rafu Shimpo, September 3 2011.  


Author Title Publication Info Purchase Link
Ahlgren, Angela Drumming Asian America: Taiko, Performance, and Cultural Politics 和太鼓を打とう. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018. Oxford University Press
Asano, Akitoshi Wadaiko Wo Utō 和太鼓を打とう  [Let’s Play Taiko]. Hakusan, Ishikawa, Japan: Asano Foundation of Taiko Culture Research, 2005.  
Asano Foundation for Taiko Culture Research Wadaiko Ga Wakaru Hon 和太鼓がわかる本  [A Book for Understanding Taiko]. edited by Mieko Kono. Fukudome, Hakusan, Ishikawa, Japan: Asano Foundation for Taiko Culture Research, 2002.  
Asano, Kaoly Taiko Wo Utsu! 太鼓を打つ!  [Play Taiko!]. Tokyo: Bakushūsha, 1996.  
Bender, Shawn Taiko Boom: Japanese Drumming in Place and Motion. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012. Amazon
Coutts-Smith, Mark Children of the Drum: The Life of Japan’s Kodo Drummers Hong Kong: Lightworks Press, 1997. Amazon
Hanai, Kiyoshi Wadaiko Ga Tanoshiku Naru Hon (Gijutsu-Hen) 和太鼓が楽しくなる本 (技術編)  [A Book for Enjoying Wadaiko (Technique Volume)]. Mattoshi, Japan: The Asano Foundation for Taiko Culture Research, 2001.  
  Wadaiko Ga Tanoshiku Naru Hon (Kagaku-Hen) 和太鼓が楽しくなる本 (科學編)  [A Book for Enjoying Wadaiko (Science Volume)] Mattoshi, Japan: The Asano Foundation for Taiko Culture Research, 2001.  
Hayashi, Eitetsu Ashita No Taiko Uchi E 明日の太鼓打ちへ  [To Tomorow’s Taiko Players]. Tokyo: Shobunsha, 1992.  
  Hayashi Eitetsu Taiko Jitsugetsu Dokusō No Kiseki 林英哲 太鼓日月 獨走の軌跡  [Hayashi Eiteteu’s Taiko Years: A Path Taken Alone]. Tokyo: Koudansha, 2012.  
Hoshino, Komaro Kodo Nippon Geijutsu Shuppansha Ltd., 1985.  
Inoue, Ryohei Ondekoza, Amerika Wo Hashiru 鬼太鼓座、アメリカを走る  [Ondekoza, Run Through America]. Tokyo: Seikyūsha, 1996.  
Kirby, Jonathan The Way of the Drum: Taiko Without Borders. Exeterm UK: Kagemusha Taiko, 2018. Kagemusha Taiko
Kodo Cultural Foundation Inochi Moyashite, Tatakeyo. -Kodo 30-Nen No Kiseki – いのちもやして、たたけよ。-鼓童30年の軌跡ー  [Light Your Fire and Play – Kodo’s 30 Year Journey]. Tokyo: Shuppan Bunka Sha Corporation, 2011.  
Kono, Yuki Yasashiku Manaberu Wadaiko Kyōhon やさしく學べる 和太鼓教本  [A Guide for Easily Learning Taiko]. Tokyo: Sekibunsha, 2001.  
Markus, Peter Taiko Do: Der Trommelweg. Wurzeln and Visionen des japanischen Trommels [Taiko Do: The Way of the Drum. Roots and Visions of Japanese Drumming]. Engerda, Germany: Arun, 1996.  
Miyake, Satoko, and Hironori Nakagawa Taiko 太鼓  [Taiko]. Osaka: Kaihou Shuppansha, 2001.  
Miyake, Satoko, and Jun’ichi Ota Taiko Shokunin 太鼓職人  [Taiko Craftsmen]. Tokyo: Kaihou Shuppansha, 1997.  
Mogi, Hitoshi Nyūmon Nihon No Taiko-Minzoku, Dentō Soshite Nyuuweebu 入門 日本の太鼓民俗、伝統そしてニューウェーブ  [A Manual of Japanese Taiko: Folklore, Tradition, and the New Wave]. Tokyo: Heibonsha, 2003.  
Nippon Taiko Foundation Nihon Taiko Kyōhon 日本太鼓教本  [Japanese Taiko Instruction Manual]. 4th ed. Tokyo: Nippon Taiko Foundation, 2006.  
Nishitsunoi, Masahiro Sairei to Fūryū 祭禮と風流 Tokyo: Iwasaki Bijutsusha. 1985  
Oguchi, Daihachi Tenko – Oguchi Daihachi No Nihon Taiko-Ron 天鼓ー小口大八の日本太鼓論  [Tenko: Oguchi Daihachi’s Japanese Taiko Treatise]. Nagano, Japan: Ginga Shobo, 1987.  
Ohta, Junichi Sado No Kodo 佐渡の鼓童  [Kodo of Sado]. Osaka: Center Brain Co.,LTD, 1989.  
Ono, Mieko Taiko to Iu Gakki 太鼓という楽器  [The Instrument Called Taiko]. Hakusan, Japan: Asano Taiko Bunka Kenkyūjo, 2005.  
Osuwa Daiko Gakuen Nihon No Taiko 日本の太鼓  [Japanese Taiko]. Okaya, Japan: Daihachi Oguchi & Osuwa Daiko Gakuen, 1994.  
Sendo, Shintaro Gendai Wadaiko Sōhō 現代和太鼓奏法  [Contemporary Taiko School]. Tokyo: Onkyou Publish, 2007.  
Shimasaki, Atsuko, and Tomiko Kato Jyugyō No Tame No Nihon No Ongaku, Sekai No Ongaku 授業のための日本の音楽、世界の音楽  [Japanese Music & World Music for the Classroom]. Tokyo: Ongaku no Tomosha, 1999.  
Taiko Center Wadaiko Nyūmon 和太鼓入門  [An Introduction to Wadaiko]. Kyoto: Taiko Center, 1992.  
Tamura, Takuo Yasashiku Manaberu Wadaiko Nyūmon やさしく學べる 和太鼓入門  [An Introduction for Easily Learning Taiko]. Tokyo: Zen-On Music Co., Ltd., 2001.  
Tanaka, Kenji Hitome De Wakaru Nihon Ongaku Nyūmon ひと目でわかる日本音楽入門 [Understanding at One Glance: An Introduction to Japanese Music]. Tokyo: Ongaku no Tomosha, 2003.  
Varian, Heidi The Way of Taiko. Berkeley, CA: Stone Bridge Press, 2005. Amazon
Wade, Bonnie Music in Japan: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005. Amazon
Wald, Elijah Global Minstrels: Voices of World Music. New York: Routledge, 2007. Amazon
Wong, Deborah Speak It Louder: Asian Americans Making Music. New York: Routledge, 2004. Amazon
Louder and Faster: Pain, Joy, and the Body Politic in Asian American Taiko. California: University of California Press, 2019. University of California Press
Yamamoto, Hiroko Nihon No Taiko, Ajia No Taiko 日本の太鼓、アジアの太鼓  [Japanese Drums, Asian Drums]. Tokyo: Seikyusha, 2002.  
Yuuki, Emi Ondekoza Ga Hashiru – Boku No Seishun Amerika 15,000-Kiro 鬼太鼓座 (おんでこざ) が走る ― ぼくの青春アメリカ 1萬5千キロ  [Ondekoza’s Run Across the U.S.A.- My Youthful Days, America in 15,000Km]. Tokyo: Popura-sha, 1995.  
Za Ondekoza Taiko No Biito Ni Miserarete – Ondekoza Seiaki Kouen-Ki 太鼓のビートに魅せられて鬼太鼓座世界公演記  [Enchanted by the Taiko Beat – A Record of Ondekoza’s World Performances]. Tokyo: Ongaku Shuppansha, 1999.  

Book Sections

Author Title Book Info Purchase Link
Ahlgren, Angela “A New Taiko Folk Dance: San Jose Taiko and Asian American Movements.” In Contemporary Directions in Asian American Dance. Edited by Yutian Wong. (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2016), 29-61. Amazon
  “Futari Tomo: A Queer Duet for Taiko.” In Queer Dance: Meanings and Makings. Edited by Clare Croft. (Oxford University Press, 2017), 229-242.   Amazon
Akiyama, Kuniharu “”Monokuroomu” – Nihon Taiko No Emooshanaru Na Bigaku to Ishii Maki No “Hi-Ongakuteki Jikan” 「モノクローム」—日本太鼓のエモーショナルな美學と石井眞木の”非音楽的時間”—.” Translated by Robin Thompson. In Sounds of West – Sounds of East: Maki Ishii’s Music —Striding Two Musical Worlds—, edited by Christa Ishii-Meinecke, 164-79. Celle, Germany: Moeck Verlag + Musikinstrumentenwerk, 1997.  
Alaszewska, Jane “Two Different Beats to a Single Drum: An Analysis of Old and New Styles of Hachijo-Daiko.” Chap. 1 In Musiké 4: Analysing East Asian Music – Patterns of Rhythm & Melody, edited by Simon Mills. International Journal of Ethnomusicological Studies, 1-23. The Hague, The Netherlands: Semar, 2008. Amazon
Asai, Susan M. “Horaku: A Buddhist Tradition of Performing Arts and the Development of Taiko Drumming in the United States.” In Selected Reports in Ethnomusicology, Vol. Vi: Asian Music in North America, edited by Nazir A. Jairazbhoy and Sue Carole DeVale, 163-72. Los Angeles: Program in Ethnomusicology, Department of Music, University of California, Los Angeles, 1985. Amazon
  Sansei Voices in the Community: Japanese American Musicians in California.” In Musics of Multicultural America: A Study of Twelve Musical Communities, edited by Kip Lornell and Anne K. Rasmussen, 257-85. New York: Schirmer Books, 1997.  
Barakan, Peter “Discussion: A Woman Playing Japanese Drums.” In Wadaiko, edited by Koichi Ikanoshi, 124-35. Tokyo: Kawade Shobō Shinsha, 1995.  
Creighton, Millie “Changing Heart (Beats): From Japanese Identity and Nostalgia to Taiko for Citizens of the Earth.” In East-West Identities: Globalization, Localization, and Hybridization, edited by Chan Kwok-bun, Jan W. Walls and David Hayward, 203-28. Boston: Brill, 2007.  
  Taiko Today: Performing Soundscapes, Landscapes and Identities.” In Performing Japan: Contemporary Expressions of Cultural Identity, edited by Henry Johnson and Jerry C. Jaffe. Folkestone, UK: Global Oriental, 2008.  
de Ferranti, Hugh “Japan Beating: The Making and Marketing of Professional Taiko Music in Australia.” In Popular Culture, Globalization, and Japan, edited by Matthew Allen and Rumi Sakamoto, 75-93. London: Routledge, 2006. Amazon
Honda, Yasuji “Geinō to Taiko 蕓能と太鼓.” In Minzoku Geinō 2 民族蕓能2[Folk Performing Arts 2], edited by Masahiro Nishitsunoi, 105-08. Tokyo: Ongaku-no-tomo-sha, 1990.  
Johnson, Henry “Mediatising Taiko in contemporary technoscapes” In: Instruments of Change: Proceedings of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music Australia-New Zealand 2010 Conference. Melbourne, Vic.: International Association for the Study of Popular Music, 2011: 57-62. Informit
Kojima, Haruko. “Nihon No Taiko 日本の太鼓.” In Minzoku Geinou 2 民族蕓能2 (Folk Performing Arts 2), edited by Masahiro Nishitsunoi, 99-104. Tokyo: Ongaku-no-tomo-sha, 1990.  
Konagaya, Hideyo “Performing Manliness: Resistance and Harmony in Japanese American Taiko.” In Manly Traditions: The Folk Roots of American Masculinities, edited by Simon J. Bronner, 134-56. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005. Amazon
Miller, Terry E., Susan M. Asai, and Anne K. Rasmussen “Asian American Musics.” In Music Cultures in the United States, edited by Ellen Koskoff, 273-302. New York: Routledge, 2005. Amazon
Misumi, Haruo “Taiko to Matsuri-Bayashi 太鼓と祭り囃子.” In Minzoku Geinō 2 民族蕓能2 [Folk Performing Arts 2], edited by Masahiro Nishitsunoi, 109-13. Tokyo: Ongaku-no-tomo-sha, 1990.  
Powell, Kimberly “The Apprenticeship of Embodied Knowledge in a Taiko Drumming Ensemble.” In Knowing Bodies, Moving Minds, edited by Liora Bresler, 183-95. The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2004. Amazon
  “Inside-out and Outside-In: Participant Observation in Taiko Drumming.” In Innovations in Education Ethnography: Theory, Methods, and Results, edited by George Spindler and Lorie Hammond, 33-64. Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2006. Amazon
Seattle Matsuri Taiko “Japanese Taiko: Drum for Learning About Culture.” In Pacific Voices: Keeping Our Cultures Alive, edited by Miriam Kahn and Erin Younger, 105-13. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 2005. Amazon
Terada, Yoshitaka. “Angry Drummers and Buraku Identity: The Ikari Taiko Group in Osaka Japan.” In The Human World and Musical Diversity: Proceedings from the Fourth Meeting of the Ictm Study Group “Music and Minorities” in Varna, Bulgaria 2006, edited by Rosemary Statelova, Angela Rodel, Lozanka Peycheva, Ivanka Vlaeva and Ventsislav Dimov. Bulgarian Musicology. Studies, 309-15. Sofia: Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Art Studies, 2008.  
  “Shifting Identities of Taiko Music in America.” In Transcending Boundaries: Asian Musics in North America, edited by Yoshitaka Terada, 37-59. Osaka: National Museum of Ethnology, 2001.  
Wong, Deborah “Moving: From Performance to Performative Ethnography and Back Again.” Chap. 5 In Shadows in the Field: New Perspectives for Fieldwork in Ethnomusicology, edited by Gregory Barz and Timothy J. Cooley, 76-89. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008. Amazon
  “Noisy Intersection: Ethnicity, Authenticity and Ownership in Asian American Taiko.” In Diasporas and Interculturalism in Asian Performing Arts: Translating Traditions, edited by Um Hae-kyung, 85-90. New York: Routledge, 2005. Amazon
  “Taiko and the Asian/American Body: Drums, Rising Sun, and the Question of Gender.” In Ethnomusicology: A Contemporary Reader, edited by Jennifer C. Post, 87-96. New York: Routledge, 2006. In Ethnomusicology: A Contemporary Reader, edited by Jennifer C. Post, 87-96. New York: Routledge, 2006. Amazon

Conference Papers

Author Title Conference Info Download Link
Ahlgren, Angela “Negotiating (Post?) Orientalism: White Women and North American Taiko” Society for Ethnomusicology 58th Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana, 2013  
L?nsisalmi, Riikka “Crafting Traditions: Expressions of ‘Japaneseness’ in Modern Taiko Drumming.” Nordic Association for the Study of Contemporary Japanese Society Conference, 2004.  
Pachter, Benjamin From Festival to Stage: ‘Midare Uchi’ and the Balance of Old and New in Kumidaiko Repertoire.” 2011 Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Meeting. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 2011.  
Shikuma, Stanley.   The Nikkei Experience in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle, WA, 2000.  




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Here is a sample of some articles found within Taikology:

Author Title Issue
Hayashi, Eitetsu “Tokushuu Hayashi Eitetsu Zenshi 1970-2000 特集 林英哲 全史 1970-2000.” 17 (May 1999): 9-79.
Higashi, Munenori “Taiko Ongakufuroku, Dai Ikkai: Chichibu Yatai-Bayashi 太鼓楽譜録、第一回:秩父屋臺囃子.”. 2 (January 1989): 50-51.
  “Taiko Ongakufuroku, Dai Nikkai: Chichibu Yatai-Bayashi, Sono Ii 太鼓楽譜録、第二回:秩父屋臺囃子、そのii. “ 3 (July 1989): 46-47.
Honma, Masahiko “Ondekoza Koto Hajime 鬼太鼓座事はじめ.” 10 (August 1994): 11-13.
Mogi, Hitoshi. “Osuwa Daiko (Part 1) 御諏訪太鼓 ①.” 33 (2008): 78-82.
  “Osuwa Daiko (Part 2) 御諏訪太鼓 ②.” 34 (2009): 64-69.
  “Osuwa Daiko (Part 3) 御諏訪太鼓 ③.” 35 (2010): 74-79.
  “Oedo Sukeroku Taiko 大江戸助六太鼓.” 36 (May 2010): 34-
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Online Reports

Author Title Info Link
Brunskill, Hannah-Jasmine Outreach to Roots: Strengthening the Pulse of UK Taiko. Travelling Fellowship Report: Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. 2012 Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.
Leong, David. “Taiko Resource: Oedo Sukeroku Daiko Faq.” Rolling Thunder
Ochi, Megumi “What the Haniwa Have to Say About Taiko’s Roots: The History of Taiko.” Rolling Thunder
Shikuma, Stanley “Taiko Talk: A Glossary of Taiko-Related Terms and Expressions.” 2006  
  “Taiko and the Asian American Movement: The Making of a Modern Folk Art.” 2006  
Walker, Kate “Taiko in the United Kingdom: Key Findings from the Taiko Center 2016.” Taiko Community Alliance, 2016
  “Taiko in the USA and Canada: Key Findings from the Taiko Census 2016.” Taiko Community Alliance, 2016
  “European Taiko Conference 2017 Evaluation Report” 2017
Yoon, Paul J “Development and Support of Taiko in the United States.” New York: Asia Society, 2007.  development and support of taiko in the united states – iBrarian


“Rolling Thunder Taiko Resource.”

Kageyama, Isaku. “How to Kinda Sound Like Eitetsu Hayashi – Stylistic Exploration ‘Eitetsu Hayashi 8th Note Groove’.”

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