Okinawa's snakeskin banjo stands test of time

Aug 9, 2016

Okinawa's snakeskin banjo stands test of time

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Enormous python skins hang from a wire inside the sweltering workshop where Seibun Nakamine sculpts a piece of Okinawa’s musical identity.They are essential for the wiry 69-year-old craftsman who has spent nearly half a century making the three-stringed sanshin. The snakeskin-covered instrument, similar to ...