Take - Bamboo.
Takebue - Also known as fue, hayashi-bue, shinobue, and yokobue. Bamboo transverse flute. Literally means “bamboo
flute”. See fue.
Tamo - a wood used in taiko making.
Taru - A wooden tub or barrel. Made from thick staves, usually with a tapered body. Used for making pickles or miso paste.
Sometimes played by certain Japanese traditional groups instead of taiko, using wooden mallets. Also refers to the
wine barrels used by many North American groups to make taiko, e.g. wine-daru-daiko. Different from an oke-style
Tate-jime - First step in the process of tensioning a tsukeshime-daiko. The rope passing from head to head is tightened by
prying with a stick and taking up the slack. See also hon-jime.
Tebyoushi - See Cahppa.
Tekkou - Wristbands. Often extending to cover the back of the hands.
Tenugui - A cotton hand cloth often rolled up and used as a headband.
Teren-dai - A low, lightweight stand used to hold a classical shime-daiko at a slight angle. Used while playing the shime
-daiko from a seated position in Noh, Kabuki, Nagauta, etc.
Tetsu-zutsu -- three different diameters of metal pipe (usually around 6, 8 and 10 inches) welded together to make a bell
-like instrument. It is placed on a waist high stand and played with bachi or slim metal rods. Used to keep
time and signal rhythm changes. Originated with Osuwa-daiko. (Oguchi sensei was awarded a patent for
this design, the current validity is to be determined).
Toboku - Hard wood from Camaroon used as a replacement for keyaki wood. Used primarily for odaiko due to the great
diameters of bole available.
Tochi - The Japanese horse chestnut tree. Softer, less durable and less expensive than Keyaki. Used for kuri-nuki daiko.
Tomoe - A comma shaped design, common in Japanese, Korean and Chinese history. The term “tomoe” is commonly used
to refer to a design with two of the comma shaped marks contained in a circle (similar to a yin-yang symbol),
although this is properly called a futatsu-domoe (lit: two tomoe). It is a common design lacquered on the heads of
Odaiko. Also see futatsu-domoe and mitsu-domoe.
Torii-dai - A frame-like stand that holds a hira-daiko in a vertical position.
Tsuchibyooshi - A style of okedo-daiko used in Kabuki music. The low pitch of the drum is use to represent the
atmosphere and ambience of the countryside. This taiko is also used in folk Shinto shrine music. Also see
Tsukeshime-daiko - A type of shime-diko used in folk or kumi-daiko playing. This type is heavier, stronger, and can be
pitched much higher than other styles of shime-daiko. There are five sizes: namitsuke (thinnest
heads, smallest body), 2; 3; 4 and 5 chogake (thickest heads, biggest body). Tsuke shime-daiko are
tensioned with a single rope system, bolts or turnbuckles.
Tsuri-dai - A stand for Hira-daiko. The Hira-daiko is suspended vertically in a frame, usually knee or waist high.
Tsuri-daiko - A type of hira-daiko used in Gagaku. It is struck with padded mallets. Usually highly decorated. Also called a
Tsuzumi - General term for hourglass shaped drums.
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