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An introduction to the traditional drums, stringed instruments, and flutes of Japan.

Japanese Culture - Entertainment - Musical Instruments

An introduction to the traditional musical instruments of Japan.

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Yoshizawa, Masakazu

Performances with various Japanese flutes (shakuhachi, shinobue, hichiriki, nokan, etc.) and percussion instruments (the various taiko, tsusumi drums and other percusives).


Official site of the Japanese taiko group and their cultural foundation. Profile, history, upcoming group and solo performances, workshops, CDs, books, and video ordering, instrument catalog, articles from the Kodo Beat, and apprenticeship...


Ontario-based taiko group, a progression of the former Toronto Suwa Daiko, which was founded in 1981. Biographies, past and upcoming performances, photographs, and class information.

Rolling Thunder

Provides a resource for information about Japanese Taiko drumming. Offers sales of Taiko Drums and instruments.

MacGregor, Andrew

Japan World Music. Biography, discography, lessons, notes on care and cleaning. Based in Australia.

MacGregor, Andrew

Victoria, Australia-based shakuhachi performer and teacher. Includes biography, discography, and lesson schedule, flute care and technical notes, festival reports with photographs, ordering of CDs and student flutes, and Australian and...

Obata, Reiko

Southern California-based traditional and contemporary koto musician. Includes profile, concert and storytelling performance schedules, recording samples and ordering, instrument descriptions and sound clips, recommended books and videos, and links.

The Association for International Exchange of Japanese Music

Information on the association and its goals. Contains a database with information on Japanese traditional music for the koto, shamisen or shakuhachi. [Bilingual English/Japanese]

The International Shakuhachi Society

Organization bringing together players, schools, composers, ethnomusicologists, and hobbyists. Includes lineage charts, styles with information on artists and discographies, pieces organized by style, a chronological listing with profiles of...

Singer, John

Master shakuhachi teacher, performer, recording artist specializing in Honkyoku. Includes the history of the Nezasa Ha Kinpu Ryu and a list of the pieces, photo gallery of flutes, CD ordering, and links.

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