Shamisen Concert

December 7th, 2009 by
Category: Culture Art, Events

Do you know the shamisen? It is a traditional Japanese musical instrument used from the 16th century. Its origin is the sanshin, which uses snake skin, of Ryukyu (current Okinawa) islands.

Tsugaru shamisen is one of playing styles which incorporates a lot of improvisation and flashy fingerwork, similar to bluegrass banjo.

On December 23rd, the “Tsugaru Shamisen Xmas Love Concert” will be held at Classic-Kan, along Nakamachi Street in Matsumoto. Classic-Kan is a pun of kura, which is a traditional Japanese building. You can enjoy hot shamisen music by a young shamisen player Yamaguchi Hiroshi in this kura.

Time: 14:30-, 18:30-
Price: 3,000 (Advance sale: 2,500)
Contact: Kikuoka Matsuno Shamisen Shop in Nakamachi 0263-34-4433

Shamisen Live at Geiyukan

Shamisen Live at Geiyukan

In Nakamachi, there is also a small concert hall called Shamisen Geiyukan where you can listen to live shamisen music and hauta songs every Sunday and national holiday. Hauta is a kind of pop music sung by geisha since the edo period. Shamisen Geiyukan is featured in Michelin Green Guide Japan this year!

2 Responses to “Shamisen Concert

  1. Hello, I could not make it to the Shamisen concert, but I have visited the Classic-kan the day before. I had to go to Shiojiri to renew my driver’s license, so I made a detour on my way back to Matsumoto. I wanted to peek at the Kimono-kan in Nakamachi-dori, a secondhand kimono shop.
    I wondered along the street and into the Classic -kan, and there was a nice display of dyed silk scarves. The artist who dyed them himself taught me about many things;mainly about the plants he uses and from where they came , or the historic backgrounds of dying and selecting plants and so on. It was so inspiring to listen to him, lucky me!

  2. Hi, you seem to enjoy the one day trip. We can see some craft arts by artists living in Nagano in the Classic-kan and some shops and galleries near it .
    The secondhand kimono shop is also recommendable place for foreign visitors.
    I wish you have a happy new year!

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