Asano Taiko, located in Matto, Ishikawa Prefecture, is one of the major taiko manufacturers in Japan. Ever since its foundation in 1609, the company has been making a wide range of taiko drums, with all processes from the felling of the trees to the finishing touches done by hand.
Asano Taiko craftsman carves hexagonal kikkobori (turtle shell) patterns inside of a nagado drum.
Asano Taiko was founded by taiko maker Saemongoro Asano in 1609 and has a mind-boggling history of over 400 years in the trade. Saemongoro was summoned from Harima (today's Hyogo Prefecture) by the Kaga clan, and founded Asano Taiko in Fukutomi, Ishikawa Village (today's Fukudome in Hakusan City.
Since that time, Asano Taiko has produced taiko and tsuzumi for Nohgaku and Gagaku, as well as saddles for equestrian arts. As well as manufacturing taiko drums, Asano Taiko has been promoting taiko culture by establishing such facilities as the "Taiko no Sato Shiryokan" museum, which exhibits percussion instruments from around the world, the taiko practice hall "Shinkyokan" and "Asano-EX", a space for culture and art-related events, in addition to holding taiko classes for adults and children and publishing a newsletter about taiko.
Taiko no Sato Shiryokan museum
Throughout the generations the sound of the taiko has been the thread that connects the hearts and skill of Asano craftmen with that of the performers to the present day. Asano Taiko has continued to spin that thread by loving the spirit of the trees, and by communicating with the wood. From cutting the tree and shipping the bole to finishing the body, lacquering, and tacking, the master craftsmen of Asano Taiko handcraft instruments that will meet your highest expectations.