traditional Japanese instrument

Who Is This Japanese Singer That Combines Modern and Traditional Music?

Japan is a country that is very much a blend of traditional meets contemporary. This becomes apparent simply by walking around the streets where you’ll be likely to see a Shinto shrine next to a block of modern apartments; or when you visit someone’s house and see the world’s latest technology sitting alongside tatami mats.…

Do You Know the Traditional Japanese Instrument Made of Snakeskin?

Purchasing a sanshin (三線) is like becoming an artist. The sanshin is one of those rare traditional instruments in Japan which takes several weeks to assemble. The art of making it is based on really old customs which is both complex and an exciting thing to do. But do you know that it played an…

Kominato Akihisa: a Bridge Between Traditional and Modern Music

Born into a family of master musicians in Fukushima Prefecture, the still young Kominato Akihisa (小湊昭尚) is determined to keep the tradition of playing the shakuhachi, a type of bamboo flute, alive. But like with so many traditional ways and instruments, interest in playing this instrument is diminishing fast in modern Japan. akihisakominato.com/ Meet Kominato…

4 Traditional Instruments Commonly Used by Geisha

Besides other traditional arts like poetry writing and reciting, flower arrangement, tea ceremony and calligraphy, geisha are also expected to be adept at elegant song and dance. They were trained musicians and artists who brought refined and tasteful entertainment to clients. govoyagin.com// enjoyniigata.com/ 1. Shamisen 三味線 shokugyou.net/ The shamisen, an Okinawan string instrument similar to…