Gagakki

Of the taiko used in Gagaku, the dadaiko is the largest. It is suspended in a five color frame carved with clouds, this is surrounded by decorative flames. Because of this, dadaiko are also called Kaen (flame) taiko. Using a rope made from red, white, and black stands wisted together, the heads are attached similar to a tsuzumi and decorated with gold. Dadaiko are always used in pairs. The Saho (leftside) dadaiko has a read body, a mitsudomoe design on the heard, and is surmounted with a Sun ornament. The Uho (rightside) dadaiko has a green body, a futatsudomoe design on the head and is surmounted with a Moon ornament. The Saho has two dragons carved in the frame, while the Uho has two phoenix.

Gagakki

  • Dadaiko

    Of the taiko used in Gagaku, the dadaiko is the largest. It is suspended in a five color frame carv...
  • Gaku-daiko

    Used in the Gagaku ensemble ...
  • Furi-tsuzumi

    Used in Bugaku. When the staff is spun back and forth, heads on cords lightly strike the heards. ...
  • Ikko

    Used in Gagaku Saho dance duets. It is suspended from the neck by cord and is played while dancin...
  • San no tsuzumi

    This taiko is mainly used to lead the music in Gagaku's Komagaku. Only one head is played. ...
  • Kakko

    The main instrument is Saho Gagaku. It is placed on a stand and both heads are ...