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2012, by 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, Taiko Boom 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 forms of communal association in a Japan increasingly engaged with global cultural flows. While its popularity has created new opportunities for Japanese to participate in community life, this study also reveals how the discourses and practices of taiko drummers dramatize tensions inherent in Japanese conceptions of race, the body, gender, authenticity, and locality."
2005, by Heidi Varian. "Taiko drumming is an ancient sacred practice in Japan, originally used to drive away pests from rice fields and then to call to the gods in thanks at harvest time. Today taiko in Japan, and especially in North America, has evolved into a form of mental, physical, and martial arts training that combines rhythm, harmony, and movement. This book is for anyone who would like to try taiko or who is fascinated by the instruments, dances, and compositions of a typically powerful taiko performance. Contains an introduction to taiko history as well as resources for students. Heidi Varian is a longtime student of taiko and a taiko event producer. Seiichi Tanaka is founder and director of the renowned San Francisco Taiko Dojo."
2004, Oedo Sukeroku. "Marvel at the wizardry of the taiko drum masters Oedo Sukeroku as they wow a French audience with this live 102-minute concert video. A bombastic show like no other, see what Tokyo has been keeping secret for years and experience the taiko drum the way it was meant to be heard."