Tamashii Taiko Drummers is a contemporary Japanese taiko drumming troupe based in Auckland, New Zealand. We are best known for our high-energy performances, and for mixing martial arts movements into their performing styles. Tamashii has performed on TV1, TV3, WorldTV, and SkySports several times, and in the Rugby World Cup grand opening ceremony, and we collaborate often with international artists.
Our group composes and choreographs our own music, designs our own costumes, teaches seven levels of taiko classses, and builds all of our own drums - including our 2.6m tall giant drum “The O-daiko” which is thought to be the largest performing drum in the southern hemisphere.
We perform both traditional Japanese taiko pieces and our own material regularly for;
- corporate functions
- private parties
- grand openings
- school events
- and other special occasions
What does "Tamashii" mean?
In Japanese, the word tamashii means spirit.
- 魂(P); 魄; 霊 【たましい(魂; 魄)(P); だましい(魂; 魄); たま】
- (n) soul; spirit;
We chose this name because it represents our style of playing, very high energy and full of life.
Depending on the type of Romaji used, Tamashii can be rendered in a number of different ways, including tamashii, tamashi, tamasii, and tamasi.
Tamashii is pronounced TA-ma-shee, with the TA having a higher tone.