Japanese Musical instruments. 日本楽器. Shamisen ( 三味線 ). The shamisen is of similar length to a guitar ( ギター ) but its neck is much thinner and it has no frets. It has a Drum like rounded body, know as the dō, it is covered front and
The shamisen is of similar length to a guitar
(ギター) but its neck is much thinner and it has no frets. It has a
Drum like rounded body, know as the dō, it is covered front and
Back with a skin which amplifies the sound similar to a banjo. The
Skin is usually from a cat or a snake but in the past a special type
Of paper was used.
The three strings are traditionally made of silk. The lowest passes over a small hump at the "nut" end so that it buzzes, creating a sound known as sawari. The upper part of the dō is almost always protected by a cover known as a dō kake, and players often wear a little band of cloth on their left hand sliding up and down the neck. This band is known as a yubikake. There may also be a cover on the head of the instrument, known as a tenjin.
The shamisen is played with a large plectrum called a bachi (撥), which was traditionally made with ivory or tortoise shell but now is usually wooden, and is in the shape like a ginkgo leaf.
Yoshida Brothers are currently bringing back Shamisen into modern culture.
The koto is the national instrument of Japan. Koto are about 180 cm
long, and made from kiri wood. They have 13 strings that are strung over 13
movable bridges along the length of the instrument. Players can adjust the string pitches by moving these bridges before playing, and use three finger picks
(on thumb, index finger, and middle finger) to pluck the strings
is a Japanese end-blown flute. Its name means "1.8 feet", referring to its size. It is traditionally made of bamboo, but now exist in wood and plastic. It was used by the monks of the Fuke school of Zen Buddhism in the practice of suizen (吹禅, blowing meditation)
A recorder player blows into a duct, a narrow wind-way over a block which is called a "fipple", and thus has limited pitch control. The shakuhachi player blows as one would blow across the top of an empty bottle (though the shakuhachi has a sharp edge to blow against) and has substantial pitch control.
It is a conch shell, blown as a trumpet, served a
number of purposes in Japanese history. It is called jinkai (陣貝),
horagai (法螺貝), or a number of other names in Japanese
depending on its function.
The conch is perhaps most associated with its use by Buddhist
monks for religious purposes. Its use goes back at least one
thousand years, and it is still used today for some rituals, such as the
omizutori (water drawing) portion of the Shuni-e rites at the Tōdai-ji
in Nara. Unlike most shell trumpets from other parts of the world
which produce only one pitch, the Japanese hora or horagai can produce thre or four different notes. The process of transforming a shell into an instrument is kept somewhat secret, but it involves the attachment of a bronze or wooden mouthpiece to the apex of the shell's spire. At freezing temperatures (often encountered in the mountainous regions of Japan) the players moist lips freeze to the metal surface, so some players prefer wooden or bamboo mouthpieces.
means "drum" in Japanese (literally means "great" or
"wide drum"). Outside Japan, the word is often used to refer to any
of the various Japanese drums and to the relatively recent art-form
of ensemble taiko drumming (sometimes called more specifically,
Panic Channel (written パニックちゃんねる or PANIC☆ch, both pronounced the same way) is an independent Japanese Visual kei band signed to the label . They perform under two personas: パニックちゃんねる is their gothy, Visual Kei side, and PANIC☆ch is a light visual boy band side. Some fans consider PANIC☆ch to be , however, the band itself claims not to be. Panic Channel (known in Japanese as パニックちゃんねる pronounced as panikku channeru) was founded by Meguru, Kana, and Tara in November 2002. In January 2003, the line-up of the band consisted of Meguru (Vo), Kana (G), Tsubasa (G), Tara (Ba), and Yuusuke (Dr). After two months, in March 2003 the band decided to show their “second face.” The alter ego PANIC☆ch was born.