Were taiko drums used to determine village size? If so, when was this practice in use?
In 'Full Circle', Michael Palin says that the taiko drums were used to determine village sizes in pre-industrial Japan. I took this to mean the Tokugawa Shogunate, but the Wikipedia article on Edo-period villages came up empty. I don't have a direct quote as Google Books doesn't do a preview of it, and I'm listening to the audiobook.
I then searched more and found the claim also in this old New York Times article from 1986 in this wording:
In ancient Japan, folklore has it, a village's boundaries were determined by the farthest point from which the villagers could hear the sound of the taiko - a big drum.
Listening to the taiko today, one imagines those villages must have been awfully big because, if sound has size, taiko music is enormous.
This takes the context away from the Tokugawa and linked instead with ancient Japan, probably pre-Heian given the reference to "folklore". Yet, this more detailed article focussing on the drums has no information regarding whether they were used for village size determination or what period this may have happened in. However, New World Encyclopedia repeats the claim and references this site which also makes the claim but doesn't reference or cite this.