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Koji Hata

Tsugaru Shamisen

PRESENTED ON SEP 02, 2017
IN KYOTO @ VOL 26

Based in Kyoto, Koji Hata plays “Tsugaru shimisen,” a form of music that was born on the road. Although there are fans of this music, did you know this was originally born as a way to survive? The Tohoku region of Japan has the harshest climate in all of Japan, and for those who have poor eyesight, they could no longer work on the farm. As a way to survive, people began traveling around with shamisen in hand performing as a way to get food to survive. From these roots, Tsugaru shamisen has grown into a music loved around the world. I’d like to talk about this.

道端で生まれた音楽『津軽三味線』京都を中心に津軽三味線演奏活動をしている、はたこうじ と申します。
今や世界中に愛好家がいる津軽三味線ですが、元々、生きていく為に生まれた音楽だというのはご存じでしょうか。
かつて東北地方では日本で最も過酷な気候の為、目を悪くしてしまう人も少なくなく、そういった人達の中には農作業もままならないために、三味線を片手に演奏して回る事で、生活の糧を得ようとする者も出てきました。
こういった背景で津軽三味線のルーツが生まれ、世界で愛される音楽に育ちました。
そんなお話をさせていただきます。

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