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Japanese Traditional Melody and Instruments (Wa-Gakki) Festival

Hosted by the Consul of the Tokyo Music Lovers Group
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Took place 1 month ago
Sat 01 Sep 11:00 - 19:30

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Have you ever listened any live performance of Japanese traditional music instrument (so called WA-Gakki), such as Koto, Shamisen, Shakuhachi, Biwa? It is actually very exciting and the sound is melodious and beautiful. At this activity, if you wish so, even you may take a free Wa-Gakki trial lesson in English!!

3 days Festival, the largest Wa-Gakki event in Japan will be taken place from 31st August until 2nd September at Senzoku Gakuen College of Music. This will cover from the professional study class symposium to Wa-Gakki fusion rock band (AKARA – most of performers are WA-Gakki coach license holders, i.e. young but well qualified). For InterNations members, I have selected the middle day of series of Wa-Gakki festival.

Main Program
- 13:00 starts; 1st Concert by 11 different Wa-Gakki ensumbles
- 17:30 starts; 2nd Concert by Senzoku Music College students & professional coaches.
- To look around the exhibited Wa-Gakki related booths and photo Galley
- To receive Wa-Gakki trial lessons

Our previous Wa-Gakki concert activity on 28th July.
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箏(琴)Japanese style Harp - Sou / Koto both looks similar (see this event profile picture)

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  The origin of what we call Koto (箏) today began in China, and was imported into Japan in the 8th century. During the Nara ( Protected content ) and Heian ( Protected content ) periods, the word, Koto, meant all the string instruments, including the Biwa no Koto (琵琶、four string lute), Kin (琴、seven string zither), and So no Koto (箏、13 string zither or jusangen). Today, when we say Koto, it refers to the So no Koto, 13 string zither. Koto had gradually become a popular instrument in Protected content , as it had originally played by the middle and upper classes.
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The shamisen or samisen (三味線), also sangen (三絃), both words mean "three strings", is a three-stringed traditional Japanese musical instrument derived from the Chinese instrument sanxian. It is played with a plectrum called a bachi.

The Japanese pronunciation is usually "shamisen" but sometimes "jamisen" when used as a suffix (e.g., Tsugaru-jamisen). (In western Japan, and often in Edo-period sources, it is sometimes "samisen.")

The construction of the shamisen varies in shape, depending on the genre in which it is used. The instrument used to accompany kabuki has a thin neck, facilitating the agile and virtuosic requirements of that genre. The instrument used to accompany puppet plays and folk songs has a longer and thicker neck to match the more robust music of those genres.

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The shakuhachi (尺八、しゃくはち, pronounced [ɕakɯhatɕi]) is a Japanese longitudinal, end-blown bamboo-flute.

It was originally introduced from China into Japan in the 6th century and underwent a resurgence in the early Edo period. The oldest shakuhachi in Japan is currently stored in Shōsō-in, Nara. The shakuhachi is traditionally made of bamboo, but versions now exist in ABS and hardwoods. It was used by the monks of the Fuke sect of Zen Buddhism in the practice of suizen (吹禅, blowing meditation).


Meeting Time & Point
1) For the Brunch joiners
Meeting Time 11:00
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11:15 Brunch time (Sushi Lunch, see below link. The cost is JPY Protected content
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12:00 Move to the Music College
12:15 Look around the event booth
12:30 1st Concert Door open
13:00 1st Concert Starts
15:15 1st Concert Close
15:15 Look around the event booth – take a Wa-Gakki trial lesson, Café break
17:00 2nd Concert Door Open
17:30 2nd Concert Starts
19:30 2nd Concert Close

- You may leave this activity after 1st concert close.
- You may join us from 2nd concert door open at 17:00
Both cases, make sure you shall sign up from this page.
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2) For those who would like to skip group brunch Time
Meeting Time 12:20
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