Previously. we posted about ordering sanshin and supplies from Okinawa from an online store that ships internationally. Now I’m happy to announce another established store that you can order sanshin to be shipped outside of Okinawa/Japan (please check with the store if your region is supported): Ichintou Arakaki Sanshin-ten. Although you still won’t be able to order a sanshin with real snakeskin (this is the same for both stores), they may be able to accommodate an order for an upgraded sanshin (i.e. an advanced one) and swapping the real snakeskin with a synthetic one for those who are looking to purchase a better sou (neck). Also note that due to the pandemic, shipping will likely be via ship versus by air so there may be a one to two month wait to receive your sanshin/goods but I believe it will be worth the wait! The alternative is to travel to Okinawa (which is unlikely at this time) and if you do have a chance to visit in the future, they do have a store in Uruma City.
The 29th annual Sanshin no Hi (さんしんの日) is taking place on Thursday, 4th March 2021 (“34 Day” Japan time). There will be 3 parts to the celebration with Part 1 featuring artists as China Sadahito 知名定人 (Sadao’s son), Matsuda Kazutoshi 松田一利, Hatoma Kanako 鳩間可奈子, and Miyara Kōsei 宮良康正 (my relative) among others. Part 2 will be a special performance and Part 3 will feature Yamakawa Mayumi 山川まゆみ, Yonaha Tōru よなは徹, Nakasone Hajime 仲宗根創, and Tokuhara Seibun 徳原清文 among others. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the celebration will be broadcast on the radio and will run from 11:45 AM to 9 PM. Hawaii time is March 3rd (Wednesday) from 4:45 PM. It looks like it’ll be streamed on YouTube via RBCi Radio or Music Shower Plus+ account.
On Sunday, 28 October 2012, the Okinawan Minyo Kyokai Wakugawa Dojo Derek Ichiro Shiroma Kenkyusho will be holding a recital at the Hawaii Okinawa Center from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM. Tickets will be available after June 1st for US $25.00. The recital will feature special guest performers from Okinawa as well as local performers. For more information, download the save this date flyer.
The Okinawa Minyo Kyokai Derek Ichiro Shiroma Kenkyusho is selling t-shirts as a fundraiser for a recital that they are planning in late 2012. The Chibariyo! t-shirts can be ordered by emailing Derek-sensei at urizun808 [at] aol [dot] com. The sizes available are: Children’s Medium, Adult Small / Medium / Large / XLarge / XX Large / XXX Large and are USD $18.00 each. Derek-sensei said they can mail the shirts to the mainland plus a USPS shipping fee.
I’m really looking forward to the recital next year and I’ve already ordered my shirts! Chibariyo with the fundraiser, Derek-sensei!
Harry Seisho Nakasone, a Honolulu resident who studied in Japan and became a master of classical Okinawan music, died March 19 in Honolulu. He was 99.
Nakasone was a grand master of classical uta-sanshin, in which the artist sings and plays the three-string instrument that is Okinawa’s version of the shamisen. […]
“He is well-respected even in this day for his (sanshin-playing) ability, technical in a lot of ways, but he was able to balance the technicality of the music with the artistry,” said Norman Kaneshiro, director of Nakasone Seifu Kai, the Moiliili sanshin school Nakasone founded.
Nakasone possessed “a really warm vocal style … tied together all in a seamless, fluid way,” Kaneshiro said. […]
Okinawan musical instrument, Sanshin players can be a part of the 17th Honolulu Festival Grand Parade!
The grand marshal will be Sanshin Master Choichi Terukina-sensei, a National Living Treasure of Japan. Let’s join the parade with Terukina-sensei and play his composition “Mensore.”
The goal of SENNIN NO SANSHIN Project is to have as many sanshin players as possible to participate in this parade.
We want 1,000 sanshin players from Hawaii, mainland USA and Okinawa! […]
The awesome thing? They’re serious about having anyone with a sanshin join in by making available the music and kunkunshi of the song. You’ll find them here along with video tutorials. Way to go, guys! (How about having the video available in other formats besides WMV too? People on smartphones will thank you for it.)
Mr. Choichi Terukina, recognized as a Living National Treasure of Japan for his performance of Classical Okinawan music as known as Ryukyu Koten, will take the stage on Saturday, March 19, at 7:00 pm at the Center for Early Education’s Community Center, 563 North Alered Street, West Hollywood, CA 90048, to introduce the recently formed Choichi Kai Los Angeles, the inaugural branch of his sanshin studio in Los Angeles.
The concert program, “3 Strings, Songs of Okinawa” will mark his first performance with the freshman in the Los Angeles studio. In addition to the Los Angeles group, members of the accomplished Afuso-ryu Gensei Kai Hawaii will join Mr. Terukina onstage.
Mr. Grant “Sandaa” Murata, a protégé of Mr. Terukina, and a recognized master of sanshin in his own right, fronts the list of accomplished Afuso-ryu Gensei Kai Hawaii sanshin players. […]
Read the full article at Cultural News.
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The YouTuber (teamrimi) has several other videos from this session so be sure to check them out!
What an exciting time we’re living in if you’re a fan of the sanshin. In the past, those of us outside of Okinawa who play the sanshin would have to either go there or be fortunate enough to know someone who lives or travels there for us to buy the instrument or its accessories (e.g. strings, uma, karakui, etc.). Although there have been ways to order the instrument online (like eBay, Asoviva Sanshin), I’m very happy to announce that sanshin and sanshin accessories can now be ordered in Hawaii. In addition to being able to purchase a variety of new sanshin or its accessories, you can also have the skin from your sanshin’s chiiga (drum) replaced with a new one of your choice: real snakeskin, double-layer (a combination of a layer of real snakeskin over a layer of synthetic covering), or synthetic covering.
One way to get our attention is to send us a video of your playing a sanshin (check) and a very big plus is to play a song from an artist we’re big fans of here (check). So without further ado, here’s asoviva34 playing his sanshin arrangement of Jack Johnson’s “Flake.”