Uchite -- A taiko player.
Uchiwa-daiko -- A handheld taiko that has the skin stretched and stitched over a hoop and attached to a handle. This
taiko has no resonator. Literally means "fan drum". Originally used to accompany chanting in the Nichiren
Buddhist sect, but now common in taiko groups. Most uchiwa are small (7 sun 1.5 shaku), but large
versions (up to 5 shaku or larger) are sometimes made. Commonly set up in a rack and played as a set.
Uhoogaku - Music of the Right The body of Gagaku music and dances were organized into the Music of the Right and the
Music of the Left in the 9th century Uhoogaku includes Gagaku compositions from Korea, as well as
Japanese compositions in that style. Visually, Uhoogaku is associated with the color green, the futatsu-domoe,
and the image of phoenix surmounted by the moon. See dadaiko, gagaku, sahoogaku, samai, and umai.
Umai - Dances of the Right. Umai includes dances from Korea as well as Japanese compositions in that style, always
accompanied by Uhoogaku. Umai generally have more spirited movements, which are based on the rhythm. Umai
also includes some humorous pieces. Visually, umai is associated with the color green.. See gagaku, sahoogaku,
samai, and uhoogaku.
Urushi - Japanese lacquer. The most common finish for taiko bodies. It is capable of being colored a variety of tints, from
clear to black. The application of urushi is considered an art form in Japan. The lacquer is tapped from trees
similar to the way maple syrup is obtained. The wet lacquer is also a strong irritant, being a relative of poison oak,
and produces serious rashes if accidentally touched to bare skin (safe when dry).
Uta - A song. Also a general term for singing.
Utabue - A fue tuned to western scales.
Wadaiko -- Literally, “Japanese Drum”. Used to refer in general to Japanese drums as opposed to Western percussion.
Specifically refers to the shime-daiko used in Noh and Kabuki theater. Also sometimes used to refer to kumi-
Waraji - Sandals made form rice straw.
X-dai -- A shaped stand for nagado and oke-daiko. The X-dai holds the taiko horizontally at head level.
Yagura-dai - A "X" stand for a nagado-daiko that has four, slightly splayed legs. The yagura-dai holds the drum
horizontally at about shoulder height.
Yatai -- A festival float, pulled by festival participants, sometimes carrying musicians.
Yokobue - Also known as fue, hayashi-bue, shinobue and takebue. A transverse bamboo flute. Literally means "horizontal
flute". See fue.
Yonbyoshi - A term indicating the four instruments of Nohgaku: kotsuzumi, ootauzumi, taiko, nohkan.
Yonhon Ashi-dai - Also Shihon bashira-dai. A stand for nagado-daiko that has four vertical legs. The yonhon ashi-dai
hold the taiko horizontally at about shoulder height.
Yotsutake - Hand held slats of bamboo used as clappers.
Za-dai -- Also miyake-dai. A low stand used to hold a nagado-daiko horizontally at knee height. Often used for the miyake
style of taiko playing.
Zelkova - Zelkova Serrata. English name for the keyaki tree, which is native to Japan.
zero/rei - equals numeral 0 (zero).
Zori - Traditional Japanese thonged sandals similar in design to the ubiquitous flip-flops.
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