April 03, 2015 Issue

In Focus

Big Hitter

Michelle Obama larks around with high school drummers while on a visit to Kyoto. Taiko drums have been played in Japan since the 6th century, though their origin remains unclear. According to folkloric tradition, taiko drumming was inspired by the wild dancing of the goddess Ame-no-Uzume-no-Mikoto on an upturned barrel of sake.
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