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三線 Sanshin

三線 Sanshin Workshop

Join us for an immersive and enlightening Sanshin Workshop, where you can explore the rich musical heritage of Okinawa through hands-on experience with the sanshin, a traditional three-stringed instrument. This workshop offers participants a unique opportunity to learn about the history, cultural significance, and playing techniques of the sanshin, guided by expert instructors who are passionate about sharing their knowledge and love for this iconic instrument.

Workshop Overview:

Our Sanshin Workshop is designed to cater to all skill levels, from complete beginners to those with some musical experience. Throughout the workshop, you will receive personalized instruction, engage in interactive activities, and gain a deeper appreciation for the role of the sanshin in Okinawan culture. Whether you are a music enthusiast, a cultural explorer, or simply curious, this workshop promises to be an enriching and enjoyable experience.

What is the Sanshin?

The sanshin is a traditional Okinawan stringed instrument, closely related to the Japanese shamisen and the Chinese sanxian. It features a body covered with snakeskin, three strings made from silk or nylon, and a distinctive, haunting sound that has captivated listeners for centuries. The sanshin is a central element in Okinawan music, accompanying folk songs, dances, and rituals, and it holds a special place in the hearts of the Okinawan people.

Historical Background:

The origins of the sanshin date back to the 14th century, when it was introduced to Okinawa from China. Over time, the instrument was adapted and evolved to suit the unique musical styles and cultural context of Okinawa. During the Ryukyu Kingdom period (1429-1879), the sanshin became a symbol of the kingdom’s rich artistic heritage, played in court music and popular among the common folk alike. Today, the sanshin continues to be a beloved and vital part of Okinawan cultural identity.

Discover the beauty and tradition of Okinawan music at our Sanshin Workshop!

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