Discourses Of Body And Place In Japanese Taiko Drumming

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Bender, Shawn. 2005. "Of Roots and Race: Discourses of Body and Place in Japanese Taiko Drumming." Social Science Japan Journal 8 (2): 197-212. This article analyzes the instruction of taiko drumming in Japan as a particular ‘technique of the body’, encodes and articulate notions of identity and difference in Japanese bodies and through bodily practice. This article will help my paper to affirm taiko as a Japanese activity. This article also further explains in details of the required different playing positions, different movements, and different rhythmic patterns of taiko.

Izumi, Masumi. 2001. Reconsidering ethnic culture and community: A case study on Japanese Canadian taiko drumming. Journal of Asian American Studies 4 (1): 35-56.
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It further offers a brief history of taiko in North America, and analyzes the historical context where taiko emerged as a site of cultural expression. This article will help my paper to discuss the complex relationship between taiko and Canadian multiculturalism. This article reveals the tensions that converge and intersect at the site of taiko drumming performances among the players, the ethnic community, the mainstream society, and the Canadian state. Johnson, Henry. 1999. The sounds of myūjikku. an exploration of concepts and classifications in Japanese sound aesthetics. Journal of Musicological Research 18 (4): 291.

This article covers the different types of Japanese drums such as kotsuzumi [small hourglass drum], otsuzumi [large hourglass drum], and taiko [short frame drum]. This is a good source to define several general terms, such as range of Japanese concepts of sound structures. While some of these terms are all-embracing categories, others are more specific and refer directly to music ensembles or repertoire. It will help my paper to further define the aesthetics of Japanese drum sounds.

Magat, Ilan N. 1999. Israeli and Japanese immigrants to Canada: Home, belonging, and the territorialization of identity.Ethos 27 (2):
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One of the main reasons why I chose this topic is that Japan is where my father is from but I was born in Korea so I was always curious on the type of music they would listen to especially in Canada. As a thesis statement I will argue that taiko drum performance scene has emerged in Toronto to sustain Japanese identity and to embrace their tradition of music culture.
In the body of an essay, I will briefly examine the history of the music, techniques and the environments of the genre taiko. Moreover, the demographics of the taiko scene will be defined by the article that I found to support my thesis statement of how Japanese immigrants would define the term “home” in Canada and what kind of culture they would hope to continue. In terms of the Toronto scene, I will introduce the institution, Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC) that support this genre and how it gives Japanese-Canadians the opportunity to learn and train to play the

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