The Shamisen is one of Japan's most well-known instruments. The three-stringed long-necked lute is deeply intertwined with Japanese culture due to its unmistakable sound. It can be found, among other places, in Kabuki theater, accompanying folk songs, or also in modern Japanese music.

Tsugaru Shamisen is a genre within Shamisen music where playing is very energetic and expressive. This style emerged as young people sought new ways to express themselves on the instrument and break away from groups that aimed to homogenize the music.

Osanai Kaoru playing Jonkara Bushi

Kaigara Bushi, an old folk song

 
 

 

 

The Tsugaru Shamisen is enjoying great popularity both in Japan and increasingly around the world. This applies to all social classes, age groups, and genders equally. As a result, and with the help of the internet, it is now much easier to find instruments, teachers, and fellow musicians.

Learning and playing the Tsugaru Shamisen is something that accompanies you throughout your entire life and fills you with great joy!