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The Best Place To Busk

A system had been put in place to prevent the buskers brawling over choice spots. Before then, there had been several fights and more than a few broken instruments as assorted musicians and performers came to blows over time spent in the most profitable places. 1,388 more words

Creative Writing

3 Stringed Instruments

The other day I was reading one of my middle school textbooks, and came across a passage that mentioned an instrument called a sanshin (三線) which means 3 lines, or 3 stringed instrument. 471 more words

While my Shamisen Gently Weeps

This song is one of those enduring classics, and there are many covers, but this one maybe my favourite version, even on par with the original. 54 more words


In Between Autumn Foliage, Obscure Temple, and Shamisen Strings

New year, (not) new me! The last few months passed in a blur, and to be honest, I don’t remember much of anything that I didn’t write or take in photos. 1,917 more words

Tokyo Week 10: In Which Autumn Continues to Impress & We Enjoy Shamisen and Wooden Blocks in Kagurazaka

I first came to Japan almost a decade ago for a 10-day college trip hosted by my favorite professor. In those 10 days, Dr. Johnson showed us so much of Kyoto that my head spun and still, we managed to squeeze in a trip to Nara and even an afternoon in Osaka before our plane headed back to our frigid Minnesota campus. 923 more words

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Shamisen Beats

Awhile back, I picked up a looper pedal, jerry-rigged an acoustic pick-up to my shamisen, and electrified my setup.  Here’s the first video of me giving it a go. 34 more words