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Taiko Boom: Japanese Drumming in Place and Motion

Shawn Bender


With its thunderous sounds and dazzling choreography, Japanese taiko drumming has captivated audiences in Japan and across the world, making it one of the most successful performing arts to emerge from Japan in the past century. Based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted among taiko groups in Japan, the book explores the origins of taiko in the early postwar period and its popularization over the following decades of rapid economic growth in Japan's cities and countryside. Building on the insights of globalization studies, the book argues that taiko developed within, and has come to express new ... More

Keywords: taiko drumming, Japan, performing arts, globalization, global culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780520272415
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520272415.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shawn Bender, author
Dickinson College