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Learn to play the traditional Japanese Taiko drum during your visit in Tokyo! A professional instructor will teach you how to enjoy this fascinating Japanese music instrument!
- Beat the Taiko drum!
- Enjoy the rhythm of the Taiko!
Near Ryogoku Station
What you need to bring
Clothes and shoes for exercise (playing Taiko)
- English (Fluent)
- 日本語 (Fluent)
Hello! I'm a assistant of Yukihiro, who is Wadaiko player based in Japan. My master started out as a theater major student in college. After graduation he worked for a couple of theatrical companies and then he became a member of one of the biggest Taiko band in Japan.
He's also played Taiko for TV commercials in many countries including Japan and performed as a Taiko player for a long-running historical drama series in Japan known as "Taiga drama. My master also performed Taiko in many countries and now he gives lessons. If you're interested in this great musical instrument, contact me and let's play taiko together!
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Such a fun class!
This class was such fun. Firstly the teacher spoke great English and because I was the only foreigner he personally addressed me a lot on English. He was very friendly. The class was setup into 2 groups. The A group were his students that knew what they were doing. Some of them were just great to watch as they were very good. I was in the B Group of newbies. He showed us the new drum patterns. And since I was a musician, following along came easy to me. He liked that.
We were taught some of his compositions and by the end of the class, big groups cake together and played. They even had choreography. I told him I had a blog and he let me both record video and take lots of photos. At the end of the class, one of his top students also did a special short performance for me.
Highlight of our trip
Our three kids (two aged 8, one aged 11) had a fabulous time in their 90 minute taiko lesson. It was staggered with a more advanced class in 10 to 15 minute intervals which was perfect to give their arms a rest and to demonstrate what they should be doing next. The sensei was very knowledgeable but even more important, he was passionate. He is a natural teacher who genuinely enjoys working with kids. In addition to taiko instruction, he also gave them a lesson about the many different kinds of Japanese instruments and let the kids try them all. We were only there for an afternoon but his regular students couldn't say enough about him. We couldn't have been more pleased.
Takuro was patient
I attended a regular practice class which has students practicing their Taiko. My beginner experience was alternated when they rested. I learned 4 kinds of rhythms.
Takuro was very patient and helped understand the beats. He is good at English and can explain very well.
This was terrific!
We had a great time and really treasured this experience. Our class was a bit crowded with total beginners and very advanced students, so we were split into A and B teams. Everyone was very warm and friendly and the instructor was gregarious and knowledgeable. Everyone should try this.
Awesome afternoon of Taiko playing!
I really enjoyed the Taiko class! Even though I had signed up for a private lesson, I shared the allotted time with a group of very nice ladies whom I got to watch practice a range of pieces. I loved it! For me, it was interesting to see the style of Taiko that Takuro performs and learn his own songs. Taiko is really more enjoyable to play as a group, so I am happy with how the class was organised (rotating between the groups and allowing for breaks). Takuro teaches very quickly but good paced for my liking. I highly recommend this for people with musical/drumming experience. Or, if you are a beginner, sign up with other beginners. What an awesome experience! Thank you!
I wish I lived in Japan so I can attend taiko classes everyday!
Learning to play the taiko was the most amazing, humbling experience. To be honest, I thought I wouldn't have a hard time because of my drumming background (I started playing when I was 13). After one session, I can say that playing the taiko is A LOT different from playing the drum kit. It's a whole different challenge, but is definitely more fun to play.
Yukihiro-san was an amazing teacher. I wish I lived in Japan so I can attend taiko classes everyday!
Intense fun workout
Our host was great and fun to learn from
Even thou I was terrible, he kept trying
Great energising session with a great teacher!
Had a great Taiko drumming lesson from the Master! We were taught various basic drumming techniques, including their Japanese names and then had a chance to put them together into a rhythm. I really enjoyed the lesson, and I'd actually be interested in learning more now that I've returned back to Australia. Highly recommend the experience to visitors to Japan. Our teacher has coached the Black Eyed Peas, plus travelled the world many times over performing. He actually did a short demonstration for us and he was amazing. Great experience!
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