This is a book about “shamisen”, a traditional Japanese musical instrument. Presumably having its origin in mainland China, “shamisen” was introduced to Japan from Okinawa in the mid 16th century. Today it has a wide variety of roles, from a musical instrument in Kabuki, a vital ingredient in geisha parties, a social glance in private homes, and an instrument of folk music. The book traces the history of and cultural aspects of the “shamisen” and its instrument types from the traditional to the contemporary. It also focuses on the social aspects of the “shamisen”, that is, how the “shamisen” was studied and played among various gender associations and classes. In addition, the performance practice of the “shamisen” is described.
Author：Henry Johnson Publisher：Brill Year / Total pages：2010 / 145 pages