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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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The Sanshin

BY TRAVIS SEIFMAN
@ VOL 6 ON JAN 31, 2013

Travis Seifman talks about the sanshin, a traditional Okinawan string instrument, explaining both how and why he learned to play the instrument. He goes over the history of the instrument, its construction, and its use in traditional Okinawan music, demonstrating some of the different styles of music along the way.

 
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Alphorns of Japan

BY SHIGETOSHI NAKAGAWA
@ SWISS PECHAKUCHA NIGHT ON FEB 07, 2014

Shigetoshi Nakagawa, president of the Tamagawa Alphorn club in Japan, speaks on these beautifully-crafted, melancholic, melodic Swiss instruments. He goes into depth on how they're made, as well as shows off a few performances his club has organized throughout Japan. (in Japanese)

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This Is Aomori

BY ADRIAN HOGAN
@ VOL 119 ON NOV 26, 2014

Illustrator Adrian Hogan and Alex Queen met while both residents in Aomori, and they kick of their presentation by introducing some the lesser known sights and culture of the prefecture. They then talk about a publishing project they have launched that involves "Tsugaru Folk Tales" translated into modern Japanese and English. You'll even get to learn a few words from the Aomori dialect.

"Presentation of the Day" on January 16, 2015.

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Harmony in Aomori - The Gonohe Music Festival

BY MICHAEL WARREN
@ VOL 126 ON JUN 24, 2015

"Using the food and the music that we bring together at the event, these are the kinds of moments we are trying to create at the Gonohe Music Festival."

While living in Gonohe, a small town in Aomori, Japan, Dave Herlich and Michael Warren decided to organize a free music festival. The Gonohe Music Festival showcases international music and food, bringing guests from over a dozen countries to a beautiful secluded park in Gonohe.

Mark your calendars! Aomori or BUST!

This was "Presentation of the Day" on July 24th, 2015. 

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Fun in Japan

BY P DIGSSS
@ VOL 2 ON MAR 14, 2017

P Digsss discussed music, snowboarding, and other fun things experienced in Japan.

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Rakugo - Sit Down Comedy

BY KENTARO YANO
@ VOL 26 ON SEP 02, 2017

Yano Kentaro share's his passion for Rakugo, Japan's traditional style of comedy, and elaborates on what he loves performing it in English.

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20 years in the Music Industry

BY DAVID SWEETLOW
@ VOL 2 ON SEP 30, 2017

David SweetLow describes the chenges in the Music Industry over the course of his fascinating career starting in Abbey road and ending up in Sapporo, Japan! 

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Drumming Around the World

BY ICHITARO WADAIKO
@ VOL 155 ON FEB 28, 2018

世界各地で2,000回以上の舞台を務めてきた和太鼓奏者の壱太郎さん。三味線や尺八、笛などの邦楽器にとどまらず、オーケストラやジャズ、ロックミュージシャンとのコラボレーションなど、精力的にステージをプロデュースし作曲、演奏しています。日本を代表するドラムパフォーマーの水曜日のプレゼンテーションそして演奏は、絶対見逃してはいけません!

Taiko performer, Mr. Ichitaro has performed over 2,000 times in various parts of the world. He has produced, composed and played in various collaborations not only with shamisen, shakuhachi, but also with flute and other Japanese music instruments, orchestras, jazz and rock musicians. 

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Music = Life, Life = Music

BY MASASHI SEKIOKA
@ VOL 12 ON APR 19, 2018

Masashi Sekioka, known as Masa, was born and raised in Japan. He is a 'unique and dorky music student' (his words, not ours.) of Lake Michigan College. His mission is to never give up on the impossible. Don't miss this creative young talent!