Jan 14, 2018
Despite of these difficult factors, I was still fascinated to try it out.
Arts Council Tokyo Traditional Culture Program was one of the suggested pages on my Facebook. At that time, it had pictures of foreigners playing SHAMISEN; hence, I immediately clicked it!
Apparently, starting from April 2017 to March 2018, Arts Council Tokyo showcases musicians playing Shamisen every month, which can be enjoyed by Japanese and foreign tourists. Moreover, after the spectacle, participants can learn the basics of playing Shamisen with the experts.
During our visit, they wonderfully performed Yoshiwara Suzume (a story about downtown Edo) and Kanjincho (a song dedicated to Minamoto no Yoshitsune and Benkei). We then struggled, yet had fun, practicing ‘Sakura, Sakura.’
Strumming the Strings
I’m quite clumsy, so I was very careful on this part. On the other hand, my ‘teacher’ at that time told me that I shouldn’t be afraid or else I won’t be able to hit the correct note. After countless mistakes, I managed to somehow create a decent sound and NOT BREAK anything.
Knowing how to play the guitar (averagely) helped me out a bit to understand the steps and follow our cheat sheet with ease. But, I sure gave the wonderful lady that taught me a hard time. I greatly thank her for her patience.
I took a picture of the guide that Arts Council Tokyo provided us. It illustrates the different parts of a
Advance application is not a prerequisite. However, on the day of the event, you need to sign up at the reception (1st Floor of the venue) and then choose the schedule that you want. Up to only 25 people, per workshop, are allowed to join in so be early as you
It’s a first come, first serve basis.
12:00～12:50 / 13:30～14:20 / 15:00～15:50
Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center 6F 2-18-9 Kaminarimon, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0034 (In front of Kaminari-
5 minute walk from Tokyo Sky Tree
1 minute walk from Tokyo Metro Ginza Asakusa Sta. Exit 2
10 minute walk fromTsukuba Express Asakusa Sta. Exit A1
They do have English speaking staff so worry no more. Taking pictures and videos are allowed, but try to be as quiet as you can, to avoid disturbing the performers and other participants.