Shamisen faces crisis as cat skins fall from favor

Dec 29, 2016

Shamisen faces crisis as cat skins fall from favor

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Few instruments are as integral to a nation’s traditional culture as Japan’s shamisen, whose evocative sound accompanies a range of performances from kabuki and puppet plays to folk songs and geisha entertainments in teahouses. But in the 21st century, the three-stringed instrument is facing ...

Apr 13, 2015

Seven envoys named to promote cultural exchanges with Japan

The central government has named seven individuals as envoys to promote cultural exchanges with other countries in fiscal 2015, the Cultural Affairs Agency said Monday. They include Kenichi Yoshida, a member of the Tsugaru shamisen duo called the Yoshida Brothers, and photographer Naoya Hatakeyama. ...

Quebecoise shines as 'minyo' singer

| Sep 30, 2014

Quebecoise shines as 'minyo' singer

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Learning to play the three-stringed Japanese traditional instrument shamisen topped Canadian Maud Archambault’s list of things to do while in Japan. She arrived here in 2001 to explore one of her fields of study: Japanese culture. Fast forward to today, where she is recognized ...