Asano Taiko U.S.

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  • Client: Asano Taiko U.S.
  • Project Completion: June 2013
  • Work Executed: Development, Site select, Design, & Construction
  • Floor Space: 7,280 sq. ft
  • Location: 90202Western Ave Torrance, CA

Details

Based in Hakusan City, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan, Asano Taiko Co., Ltd. has been engaged in making and selling Wadaiko (Japanese Drums), which was originally founded by a Taiko maker named Saemongoro. Saemongoro, summoned by the Kaga clan, founded Asano Taiko in Fukutomi, Ishikawa village (today's Fukudome in Hakusan City) in 1609 (early Edo period).
Since its foundation, even though times have changed, their traditional skills have continued to be passed down even as they strive to develop the knowledge and technology to meet changing demands. Filled with a passion for spreading 400 years of tradition and wadaiko’s sound overseas, Asano Taiko established their office and a full sound-proof Taiko studio in Torrance, California.

Challenges

1. Sound Insulation System
The biggest challenge in this “taiko studio” project was the engineering aspects of acoustic insulation walls for the bass sound generated by wadaiko drums as well as receiving regulatory approval of the system and construction.
After purchasing two existing neighbor buildings that are separated by a wall, we started designing the sound insulation system. Under this process, after we invited an acoustic engineer from Japan who is specialized in Taiko drums and took into account U.S. building codes and equipment codes, our trial and error processes finally realized the emergence of a heavy bass resistant, soundproof studio in the center of the town.

2. Site Selection
In that process, we mapped the location of not only private taiko drum classes but also Taiko circles in universities/colleges/schools in Los Angeles (holding their competitions) and examined how the studio could be situated near the center of the town. We took much time in researching which location of the studio would be the easiest for anyone to commute to.

3. Taiko Studio and Air Conditioning System
Taiko is performed using your whole body; this is like doing exercises in a studio. This will make the performer sweat in 5 minutes or so. Sound insulation and air conditioning were also challenges in creating this studio.
Our engineering permits cool air to enter the studio from outside but prevents the heavy bass of the taiko drums from leaking out of the studio.

Use of Retouched Photos

Under our company’s confidentiality and compliance agreement, some indoor equipment and people associated with this project are shown in retouched photos.