Buying Your Own Taiko
Traditional Japanese taiko drums, in addition to being amazing
instruments, are also works of art. This combination of beautiful
sound, exquisite appearance and centuries of handcrafted tradition has
the unfortunate result of making genuine taiko more expensive than the
typical mass produced instrument. This page will explain a bit about
how taiko are made, and will give you a head start on understanding the
some of the special qualities of these wonderful instruments.
- Taiko Buyers Guide
Where to buy in Europe
Where to buy in Japan
Where to buy in the US
For the adventurous, instructions are also provided on making homemade taiko.
Taiko Buyers Guide
Where To Buy Taiko Equipment In Europe
- Hans-Juergen Paetzold is called Der Trommelbauer (The
Taikomaker) by friends, and is from Ratingen near Duesseldorf in
Germany. He has been producing very good quality taiko for 10 years.
The taiko are crafted from old german oak trees.
Where To Buy Taiko Equipment In Japan
- Asano Taiko Company
148 Fukudome, Matto City
Ishikawa Prefecture 924
Tel: 0762 77-1277
Fax: 0762 77-2228
- Asano Taiko was founded in 1609, and has almost 400 years
of taiko making tradition and history. They produce taiko of
uncompromising quality. Many world famous taiko groups, such as Kodo
and Ondekoza, prefer Asano drums. Asano Taiko is particularly famous
for their huge odaiko.
In addition to the factory/museum in Matto, they have a showroom in
Tokyo as well. You can order a drum from the factory & pick it up
in Tokyo if that is more convenient. Rolling Thunder is proud to offer
Asano drums for sale.
- Hotta Shingoro Shoten
- Hotta Shingoro Shoten sells Taiko all over Japan, but is
best known for making Taiko for the spectacular Tennoh Festival. They
also sell an interesting metal-bodied shime daiko.
- Kawada Taiko Factory
2254 Domae Nagata, Tajimamachi,
Minamiaizugun, Fukushima 967
Phone: 0241 (62)-4138 (please speak some Japanese)
Toll free (in Japan): 0120 -4138-66
FAX: 0241 (62)-0749
- Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten (Miyamoto Taiko)
Tokyo To 111
Tel: (03) 3874 4131
- Miyamoto Taiko, along with Asano Taiko, is generally
regarded as making the best Taiko. In fact, Miyamoto Taiko is the
drummaker to the Emperor of Japan. Miyamoto Taiko also have sound
studios and drums you can rent for practice, and occasionally sponsor
workshops and performances. They have a very complete catalog and ship
Attn: Ms. Yamanaka or Mr. Akamine
Kodo Village, 148-1 Kanetashinden,Ogi,Sado,Niigata 952-0611 Japan
Fax: +81 0259-86-3631
- Most of the musical instruments Otodaiku sells are used in
Kodo's performance. The taiko are made by Asano Taiko of Ishikawa
prefecture. Asano Taiko is a family-run organization whose traditional
taiko making techniques have been handed down for seventeen
generations. The shinobue, shakuhachi and taiko stands listed in the
catalog are handmade by artisans in Chiba, Kyoto and Sado,
In the fall of 1993 Otodaiku began to sell its first piece of
original merchandise, a 5-sun chappa. With the 1996 summer introduction
of a shinobue, Otodaiku now counts a total of five original products in
its collection. All these original products were designed in line with
the suggestions of Kodo's performing members and were given shape by
the hands of local artisans.
To receive a catalog of Otodaiku merchandise, please contact them at the address above.
- Suzuki Taiko Ten
9 Horiminai Aza Nakatamogi
- Suzuki Taiko Ten was featured in the Japanese TV special
for the 7th All Japan Taiko Festival. A very modern shop that uses
milling machines to shape the drum bodies.
Where To Buy Taiko Equipment In The US
- Midwest Budokan
6445 Kennedy Avenue
Hammond, Indiana, 46312
Tel: (219) 845-4124
Fax: (219) 397-8504
- Midwest Budokan makes limited number of wine-barrel taiko.
The taiko are available in a high gloss or satin finish. They can also
apply your mon to the drum head/s for an additional fee. Their
construction season for Taiko is restricted to May through October and
they only make drums that are ordered in advance.
- Mark Miyoshi
PO Box 774
Mount Shasta, CA 96067
Mark Miyoshi was one of the first North American taiko
makers. He makes and sells a variety of taiko. He has had some training
in Japan, and his drums are well regarded.
- Mochizuki Taiko Manufacturing Company
15501 Lakeview Dr.
Houston, TX 77040 USA
Voice: 713 466-5666
Fax: 713 466-5309
- Akihiro "Jay" Mochizuki makes variety of taiko (Nagadou,
Okedo, Shime, Renshu Daiko and Percussion Cannon) in his shop in
Houston, Texas. Okedo ranges in size from 26" to giant 5 feet - used by
San Francisco Taiko Dojo, Matsuriza of Disney World and other well
known taiko groups. Newest debut is 5 chogake Shime daiko - quoted by
Grand Master Daihachi Oguchi "Best sounding shime daiko in the world".
Endorsed and commissioned by Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka to become his
- Rolling Thunder
PO Box 942
San Leandro, CA 94577
Tel/Fax: (510) 351-5015
offers a full line of taiko related products, from taiko drums to CDs
and videos. Rolling Thunder imports Asano Taiko from Japan, as well as
resonably priced synthetic bodied taiko. A growing variety of CDs, the
Rolling Thunder Taiko Video Series, and many other items are also
The Rolling Thunder has an growing Online Catalog.
- The San Francisco Taiko Dojo
- The Taiko Showroom
1581 Webster Street, Suite 201
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone/fax: (415) 928-2456
The San Francisco Taiko Dojo has a showroom in San Francisco's Japan
Town. The Taiko Dojo's CDs, tapes and T-shirts are available for sale,
in addition to Japanese oak bachi, fue, shakuhachi, Jika-tabi,
wristbands and some videos.
PO Box 2023
Monument, CO 80132
Taikos.com is run the husband and wife team of Jesse and Carla Maddox. They offer a full range of taiko styles, including shime, nagado and katsugi taiko.
- Tai Hei Shakuhachi
PO Box 294
Willits, CA 95490
Monty Levenson has been making shakuhachi in Northern
California for over 20 years, and he has created a series of high
quality, low cost shakuhachi from student quality to concert grade
shakuhachi. His sourcebook/catalog is packed with information, and he
carries a wide variety of other flute types as well.
- World Sphere Taiko
707 N. 73rd St.
Seattle, WA 98103
World Sphere Taiko makes a variety of wine-barrel taiko and stands.