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The first Summer Nagauta Shamisen Workshop 2021

  • Organization : General Incorporated Association Nagauta Touon-kai
  • Section : None
  • Type of Grant Program : Single


Hands-on experience event
Nagauta Shamisen

Number of sessions (per person/including presentations, etc.)

Principal instructors
Tomohisa Takahashi, Eriko Yamamoto, Gojiro Sakamoto (Touon)

Event features
This workshop is primarily targeted at those with no previous experience of Nagauta Shamisen. Participants do not need to bring anything as organizers will supply all the necessary equipment. In terms of workshop content, as well as basic practice participants will learn to play “Hotarukoi,” “Sakura Sakura,” a Serinoaikata from “Kokaji,” and a Yosenoaikata from “Kanjincho” according to progress made in each session. On the final day participants will showcase what they have learned. In addition, the audience can experience the sound of Nagauta Shamisen at a professional level in a performance by the instructors.

A framework enabling participants to continue with hands-on experience (practice) of traditional performing arts
If participants wish to continue learning, we can introduce an instructor according to the participant’s area of residency. In addition, for participants of this workshop we will be organizing a “continuation class” in future workshops, aimed at helping them take their studies a step further.


General Incorporated Association Nagauta Touon-kai
Founded in 1957 by the late Shotaro Yamada, a Japan Art Academy member and Living National Treasure/Person of Cultural Merit who was then a professor at Tokyo University of the Arts. Currently comprising over 150 members mainly hailing from Tokyo University of the Arts, the performance ensemble engages in a wide range of activities from researching classical songs to creating new ones, for the purpose of preserving, promoting and developing Nagauta.


General Incorporated Association Nagauta Touon-kai
+81-(0) 3-3525-4589


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