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

Coming soon.

Where To Buy Taiko Equipment In Europe

Der Trommelbauer
Hans-Jurgen Patzold
Fliednerstr. 15
40878 Ratingen
Tel./Fax: 02102/841923

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
5-123 Shimoshinden-cho
Tsushima-shi, Aichi-ken
Japan 496

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)
Asakusa 6-1-15
Taito Ku
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 worldwide.

Attn: Ms. Yamanaka or Mr. Akamine
Kodo Village, 148-1 Kanetashinden,Ogi,Sado,Niigata 952-0611 Japan
Phone.+81 0259-86-3630
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, respectively.

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
Semboku-Machi, Semboku-Gun
Akita-ken, Japan
Tel: 0187-69-2010
Fax: 0187-69-3369

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
(530) 938-3013

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 Signature Models.

Rolling Thunder
PO Box 942
San Leandro, CA 94577
Tel/Fax: (510) 351-5015

Rolling Thunder 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 available.

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 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
Tel: 206-783-1915

World Sphere Taiko makes a variety of wine-barrel taiko and stands.