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To The Beat of a Drum: Taiko Drumming in Japan
There are many ways to immerse yourself in Japanese culture, and as Joanna Hall discovers, one of the loudest is learning how to play Taiko drums.
Drums have never been top of my list of favourite musical instruments, but at the same time I’ve always had a healthy respect for anyone who can play them well. After all, successfully coordinating a pair of hands in perfect harmony is a big enough challenge when playing a piano or a violin, but where drums are concerned, getting it wrong can literally be a headache.
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Getting there: Japan Airlines fly daily direct from Sydney to Tokyo. Call 1300 525 287 or visit www.au.jal.com/en.
Being there: the HIS Experience Taiko Drumming Course and Asakusa Walk costs 9,800 yen for adults, or A$130. For more information, visit www.hisexperience.jp. You need to wear comfortable clothes, and bring a spare t-shirt, drinking water and a towel.
Further information: Visit Japan National Tourism Organization at www.jnto.org.au.
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