Japan has some very traditional instruments. They produce a very classical sound distinctive to Japanese court and folk music. This post features 3 of them.
A traditional Japanese bamboo flute
A Japanese harp. It come in a 13 stringed or 17 stringed version. Players produce the distinctive sound by plucking the strings using artificial “nails” which are placed over two fingers and the thumb of the right hand.
A three stringed plucked instrument similar to a banjo. Traditionally made of cat skin.
The following you tube clips take these instruments and play them in a very modern way.
The Yoshida Brothers are one of my favourite Japanese acts. Here they are rocking the Shamisen in a piece called Kodo. They do an awesome piece called The Rising which I featured in one of my earlier posts
Yoshimi Tsujimoto is recent discovery for me. She is a professional Shakuhachi player. Backed by the Koto she plays a Michael Jackson classic – Smooth Criminal.
I hope you enjoy
Yoroshiku Onegai shimasu