Other Notable Deaths


June 29, 2008


Japanese drummer

Daihachi Oguchi, who helped popularize the art of taiko drumming in Japan and the U.S., died Friday.

Mr. Oguchi was crossing a street when he was struck by a car Thursday. He was rushed to a hospital, where he died early Friday, said an official at Osuwa Daiko, the ensemble in Nagano prefecture in northern Japan that he had led.

Mr. Oguchi helped found top U.S. taiko groups, including San Francisco Taiko Dojo, which has performed in Hollywood movies and on international tours since its founding 40 years ago.

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