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Drum Museum (Taikokan), Taito

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  • On the bottom floor of the museum is a store, there is a giant drum in the window you can't miss. Walk into the store and let the person at the counter know you are there to see the museum, 500 Yen to...  more »
  • I guess a true drum fanatic would go crazy about the museum. Personally, I was just curious. I had expected more Japanese taiko drums, but there were drums from many places, including Greenland and No...  more »
  • The Japanese Taiko museum in Asakusa is pretty cool! Here you can find different Japanese traditional drums, which one also used during festivals and ceremonies. The best part is of course that you can play a pair themselves.
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  • Funny very small museum in Asakusa. When I visited it, I was alone for ALL the museum (well, it's only one room, but still). You can find drums from all over the world and ... you can play most of them. Enjoy it with one or two friends, the entrance is free I think and you can turn it into a small concert if you feel like musicians for an hour.
  • Hundreds of percussion instruments of all shapes and sizes are on display here, many of them waiting to be banged on by visitors - just look for the color-coded musical-note icons next to each exhibit. Among the many playable drums, some visitor favorites include a set of steel drums from the Caribbean and a rather gigantic taiko drum from northern Japan. Listening stations are also scattered throughout the exhibit area, and you can enjoy samples of drumming from around the world, assuming that the drumming from around the room isn't too intense. The array of instruments on display changes once or twice a year, as the museum's collection is much larger than its available display area. Some but not all of the instruments are labeled in English, and there's a small English-language handout describing the collection. The drum museum is run by a long-established retailer that sells taiko drums, flutes, mikoshi shrines and other festival gear. Their main shop is a few blocks away, but there's a smaller shop on the ground floor of the museum building that sells cymbals, drumsticks and other musical gear, T-shirts and traditional festival clothing, and CDs and DVDs of taiko drumming.
  • A lot more interactive than I expected! Can play 70-80% of the drums, but can be aweful loud with more than about 5 people in there as the museum consists of one room. For 500 yen it's a pretty good place to bash about.
  • Great fun if you love to drum, because you can bang away to your hearts delight on 70% of drums on display. but not as big as one might expect for a collection from around the world.
  • Going really well so far, and think about the many kinds of percussion are displayed. Moreover, among them, many are actually knock you can! This is really fun! Please note you need permission when taking a photo, then.
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