- Henry Johnson
Frame drum of Japan. The name refers to the shape of the instrument: uchiwa (fan); daiko/taiko (drum). It has a circular wooden or metal frame about 21 to 60 cm in diameter with a handle about the same length as the diameter, and resembles a traditional Japanese flat fan. The single head, of cow or horse hide, can be struck on either side, using a wooden beater. Other names for different forms of frame drums with long handle, and sometimes two heads, include edaiko, etsukedaiko and etsukidaiko. In some modern settings, the uchiwadaiko is played in sets of different sizes and pitches, and often with other types of Japanese and Western percussion instruments. The handle is held in one hand and the beater in the other. The player might sit or stand while playing, or even walk while chanting. In the Nichiren Buddhist sect, the drummers normally chant the ...