Nagadou daiko, miya daiko

DEFINITION

The most common taiko, these are the drums used most frequently in festivals. Usually between 18 to 36 inches in diameter, with the taiko body length equal to, or longer than the diameter. The heads are attached with nails called "byou" so they can also be referred to as "byou daiko." The name literally means "long drum." Nagadou daiko are made from a single log (of zelkova, or "keyaki"), they have a loud booming sound. They can either be played resting on their end ("flat"), or on a stand in either a horizontal or diagonal position.

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