Amaterasu is the Sun Goddess in Japanese Myth. One day she became angered by the teasing of her brother,
Susanowo, the God of Thunder. She went into a cave and vowed never to come out.
While in the cave, the world was in complete darkness. Other Gods pleaded with her to come out and
brought magicians and others to roll back the stone she was using to block the entrance, but nothing would make her come out.
If the Goddess of the Sun kept her light hidden, everything on earth would die. Uzume decided to
lure Ameratsu from the cave.
Uzume opened a barrel of sake and turned it upside down and began to play and beat upon the head.
Everyone began to laugh and rejoice as she danced and played on the barrel.
Filled with curiosity, Amaterasu came close to the entrance and rolled away the stone so that she
could join the others in the festivities.
Thus sunlight returned to the world and it has been handed down that the drum made by Uzume was the
first taiko in the world.