Koto, Sangen musical instruments


 Sangen (Shamisen)

Play a Japanese Musical Instrument

During the Edo period (1603-1867) samurai warriors’ wives and daughters would lean the Koto (Japanese zither) and Shamisen or Sangen (three strings) . Even today, quite a few women study these traditional musical instruments.

There are fewer and fewer artisans who practice koto-crafting as an art form, decorating it with the Makie or Raden (mother of pearl). Luckily there are still a number of Kanazawa shops where these skilled artisans continue to ply their trade. You can drop in at these shops and try your hand at Koto or the Shamisen. It will no doubt be a rare experience during your trip.