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— by Arlie Sommer: Kawa Taiko and many taiko groups practice on trash cans because they’re lighter and easier to travel with than the actual taiko drums made of leather, wood, metal and other heavier materials.

Shouting, rhythmic banging and laughter fill the hallways of Jewett Auditorium in Caldwell. People beat large wooden dowel-shaped sticks on makeshift drums: large plastic trash cans, bottoms removed and covered with a thick layer of packing tape. Until March and the stay-a-t-home order, the local drumming group Kawa Taiko practiced together weekly…

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