Recently, Kazan’s E-board visited Asano Taiko in Torrance to meet with Mr. Toshi Kato, an expert on the construction and building of world-class taiko drums. Currently on a mission to build two new taiko of our own, Kazan definitely learned a lot from Mr. Kato. From hidden reinforcements and exact measurements to the sheer amount of tools and steps needed to make it from rustic wine barrel to glossy drum, it was a steep learning curve, but it also gave us a new appreciation and respect for the drum and the building process.
As Mr. Kato explained, the benefit of making drums yourself rather than just buying them is that you really come to understand the level of effort it takes to make it, which gives you a much greater sense of respect both for the drum and for the art of taiko itself.
Daunted but undeterred, we left with renewed energy and a collection of new information that, hopefully, will culminate in two new drums for Kazan Taiko in the near future! Thank you for taking the time to teach us, Mr. Kato! We look forward to the day we can come back and tell you that our drums are finally done!