Wa-Daiko is a Japanese traditional percussion instrument.
Meaning drum of harmony in Japanese,
it has a deep relation with Japanese culture and people.
According to some archeology research,
it is one of the oldest Japanese traditional instrument
having a history over 2000 years.
In those days, Wadaiko was used in ritual
and religious ceremonies.
Some ritual clay dolls were made holding Wadaiko
which can proof that Wadaiko was used
in the ritual ceremonies in the old days.
As time passes, Japanese traditional drum still took an important role of their culture.
Farmers, the majority of the population at that age prayed to their god
and played the drum to avoid disasters.
In those days, traditional summer festival “Obon” was an essential cultural events
for Japanese Buddhism.
In the festival, drummers, singers, and traditional flute players performed on the stage.
With that music, people danced around the stage.
Each regions have different music and dances, passed on their descendants.
After World War 2,
the Obon festival has lost its spiritual sense and turned into one kind of entertainmaint form.
At the same time, Wadaiko changed its form from religious form to one kind of performance.
Cousequently, many Wadaiko teams formed up
and started to compete their quality of performances.
In Japan, several million drummers and 10,000 teams play Wadaiko,
making themselves on contests and stages.
Wadaiko is still regarded as one of the Japanese identites.
Recently, Wadaiko is part of schoolings in order to teach teamwork and Japanese spirit to the students.
Wadaiko, Japanese traditional instrument has deep relations to their people and culture.