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Item Uchiwa Daiko (flat, hand held drum)
Buddhist Chanting Drum
Mid to Late 1900s
Length - 20 inches, 50 cm (including handle)
Drum Head - 11 inches, 27 cm
1.1 lbs, 505 grams
Very Good Condition


A Uchiwa daiko was originally played (and still is) during Buddhist rituals. Subsequently, the drum was played by lay persons during Buddhist ceremonial events.

In Japanese, uchiwa means a fan and da(ta)iko means drum. Holding an uchiwa daiko with one hand and beating it with a bachi (drumstick), allows the player to move freely around and create sounds which are very different from those of other taiko drums. Although the uchiwa daiko is somewhat small, it makes a n impressively loud sound. 

Written on the drum head, in Japanese kanji, is a Buddhist chant which goes in part "nan myo ho ren ge i kyo ...". This chant is repeated again and again during prayers and rituals in order to spiritually connect with the Buddha.

In addition, on the heard a person's name is written "Shibahara-san." And, the place name is Shizuoka, home to Mt Fuji.

This drum may have been used by a lay person while participating in a Buddhist event.

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