Den-den daiko

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Den-den daiko
Classification Percussion
Related instruments
Pellet drum, drum, bell

The den-den daiko (でんでん太鼓) is a Japanese pellet drum made popular in the film The Karate Kid Part II.[1][clarification needed]

It has two heads and is suspended on a rod, with beads or pellets hanging on threads on either sides of the body of the drum. The drum sounds when it is turned on its axis from side to side, causing the beads to strike the heads of the drum. It is similar to the Chinese Pellet drum.


  1. ^ Dizon, David (April 20, 2018). "Review: Astig! Drum Tao plays you like a beat ballet". ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs.