Acknowledgments [chapter]

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xi My first encounter with taiko drumming occurred quite by chance during my first visit to Japan in 1992. Out of an awareness of my interest in drums and perhaps some annoyance at the incessant finger tapping on the table in our shared office, a work colleague suggested that I check out a Japanese drum workshop he saw advertised at a community center in Kyoto. Little did I know at the time that this one-day taiko workshop would turn into a book project that would take over ten years to
more » ... en years to complete. Along the way, my passion for the subject has been stoked and supported by a great number of people to whom I remain deeply indebted. David K. Jordan has been enthusiastic about my research on taiko since I first proposed it as a doctoral dissertation topic. He has been a constant voice of reason and a tireless editor, and this book is much improved as a result of his constructive criticism. Many of the intellectual perspectives that guide the book were developed first in graduate seminars at the University of California, San Diego, with Michael Meeker, who challenged me to think in new ways about theory, anthropology, and scholarship. I am also grateful to Japanese studies faculty at UCSD, especially Stefan Tanaka and Christena Turner, for sharing with me their insights into Japanese society. As part of my doctoral committee, Suzanne Brenner and George Lipsitz offered helpful suggestions that encouraged me to think in new ways about my research. The Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies at the University of Tokyo hosted me during the sabbatical year in which I completed this book. Over the year, Jason Karlin lent a sympathetic ear and offered precious feedback on many of the chapters that follow. kindly gave me comments on early drafts of chapters, Ack now ledgm en ts xii • Ack now ledgm en ts
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