i just had my first taiko drumming class this evening. It is so fun! I get to hit a big giant drum with sticks 3/4 inch in diameter as hard as I can and shout "Yop!" and "Ha" and "Yo"! Supposedly we have a performance in the spring! I am taking my classes at the "taiko center" which is about as far away in Kyoto as you can get from where we live/where I work. Its a 30-45 minute bus ride, but it is really a lot of fun. It was me and 8 women, and the teacher is a woman too. Half of the students are older... its hard to say but late 50s to 60s I think, and only 2 or 3 are younger than me, so its a good mix of ages. When we're all playing in the tiny practice room it is so loud; you can feel the drums rather than hear them.
I will try to get pictures or a video.