This drum is used in Noh and the hayashi flute and percussion ensemble of Nagauta. It is made with two skins tied with cords called "shirabe" to a wooden hourglass-shaped core. It is similar to the kakko drum used in Gagaku, but the narrow central portion of the wooden core is shorter than that of the kakko and also, the center expands slightly. The two cup shaped portions on the end of this core are also much deeper than those of the kakko. The core is 28.2 cm. long and it is made of cherry, Chinese quince or chestnut. The skins are horseskin and are 22.7 cm. in diameter.
In Noh, the player of this instrument sits on a stool and in Nagauta, the performer sits seiza formal kneeling style. He grasps the shirabe cords with his left hand and resets the instrument on his left leg. The skins are struck strongly with the fingers of the right hand and the fingers of the right hand are covered with caps made of very hard Japanese paper. Also, before a performance, the skins must be heated and dried. There are three types of sound which differ depending on the strength of the stroke, and the tension on the cords. The three sounds are called "chon," "tsu" and "don."