TAIKO                           GLOSSARY
Chan-chiki - see atarigane.
Chappa - Also called tebyoshi.  Small hand cymbals.  Size in "go" where one go is equal to one sun.  Usual sizes range
    from 4 go to 6 go.
Choochin - Paper lantern.  Used for decoration by some taiko groups.  It is common to have the taiko group's name written
        on the choochin.
Chogake - A system of measurement used for tsukeshime-daiko.  There are 4 chogake sizes, from 2 chogake to 5
      chogake.  2 chogake shime have lighter bodies, and thinner heads. 5 chogake shime have the heaviest bodies
      and thickest heads, and are capable of a much higher pitch.  Sometimes the term is colloquially shortened to
      "cho". In addition to the chogake sizes, there is the lightest tsukeshime called namitsuke. See tsukeshime-daiko
      and namitsuke.
Chu-daiko - General term for a medium sized drum roughly around 2 shaku in diameter.  Most often refers to a drum of
         that size of the nagado byoo-uchi (nagado-daiko) style.
Canon - See Tetsu-zutsu.
Dadaiko - Highly decorated okedo-daiko style drum used for Gagaku and religious ceremonies.  The drum is placed in an
     ornately carved frame, and are played with short, padded beaters. Dadaiko are usually around two meters in
     diameter, and are one of the oldest styles of taiko used in Japan, dating from at least the 7th century. There are
     two styles of Dadaiko and they are always played in pairs. The Leftside (Saho) Dadaiko and Rightside (Uho)
     Dadaiko. The Saho Dadaiko has a green colored body, a futatsu-domoe is lacquered on the head, and the
     stand has images of a phoenix surmounted by a sun carved on it.  The Uho Dadaiko has a red colored body,
     has a mitsu-domoe lacquered on the head, and the stand has Chinese dragons surmounted by a moon carved
     on it.
Dai - General term used for a drum stand. Also used as a suffix in a compound word indicating the style of stand: e.g.
shikaku-dai is a stand of shikaku (square) shape.
  •                For hira-daiko see also: fuse-dai, tsuri-dai.                                                          
  •                For nagado-dai see also: ashi ippon-dai, hira-dai, oritatami-dai (also called a slant stand), miya-dai,    
              Miyake-dai, shikaku-dai, Yatai-dai, yagura--dai, yonhon ashi-dai, “X”-dai.
  •                For shime-dai see also: busho-dai, nihon ashi-dai, suwari-dai, tachi-dai, teren-dai.
Daibyoshi - A style of short bodied okedo-daiko used in Kabuki music.   Usually lacquered black. The high pitch of the  
        drum is used to represent the atmosphere and ambience of Edo and city life. Also see tsuchibyochi.
-daiko - Suffix used to indicate a type of drum, a taiko group, or a style of taiko playing in a compound word.  Examples:
 1  Chu-daiko (medium sized taiko).  2 Osuwa-daiko (the Osuwa Taiko group). 3 Miyake-daiko (the style of taiko
  playing in the Miyake region).
Do -- Also Doh (English variant). General term used for the body of a drum.
Do – “The Way”. Indicates a path of learning.
Dojo --  A place for studying. Lit: the place of the way. A taiko dojo would be a place for learning taiko.
Dora -- A fairly small gong with a deep lip and pronounced center boss.
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