Taiko History (from 日本の太鼓入門 (Introduction to Japanese drums))
Translated by Mako Fukumoto and Yuta Kato
Calling – the taiko was used in many folk events to pray to the gods. They did this by first inviting the gods during a 祭り (*matsuri*) with the sound of the drum. People were only allowed to play the taiko during certain times. ならし (*narashi*)– was the designated time for practice and only local people were allowed to play. This was necessary to protect the special power of the drum.