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Today’s Japan Photo: Shamisen 三味線

For Today’s Japan Photo, we will be listening to some tunes from the Shamisen 三味線.The shamisen (三味線) is a three-stringed musical instrument played with a plectrum called a bachi. The shamisen can be played solo or with other shamisen, in ensembles with other Japanese instruments, with singing such asnagauta, or as an accompaniment to drama, notably kabuki and bunraku.


Image Credit: melmansur flickr

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  • http://sabekujikaneda.multiply.com Sabekuji Kaneda

    When I think of shamisen I remember Yoshida Brothers.

  • http://www.ravensavage.com Haruka

    I absolutely adore the sound of the shamisen. Listening to traditional Japanese music and settling into bed with a cup of tea and my laptop is the ideal way to unwind, for me at least ~w~

  • Blacksun88

    shamisen remind me of the cat in haruhi XD (kyon’s pet)