Taiko are traditional Japanese drums used historically to summon spirits for fortune, strength and harmony. Their powerful sounds are rumoured to shake the earth and heavens above. A mighty thunderous sound yet, much like the sound of a mother's heartbeat to her child, it can be rhythmically soothing.
Taiko drums traditionally had many purposes throughout Japanese history: In religious ceremonies and meditation; for communications - for signalling, community events and setting borders; in battlefield - to signal various formations and to support those in battle; in theatre or dance - as an accompaniment and part of story telling. Today, they are still prominently used in temples, theatre and in festivals all over Japan