When I was a teenage kid, I really did not care about music from my city, maybe not only music but also all traditional related elements such as garments, costumes or lacquer wares.
Once I left my home town and moved to Tokyo for college study, I rarely heard the sound of Tsugaru Shamisen (the three-strings instrument). My dad brought me to the Izakaya styled live house close to our place when I returned to my city during college holiday. We had dinner then band live show was started. The performance was amazing and very energetic. I realised coolness of its sounds from three strings. I can say some songs are very minimal. Loop sections increase their loudness time by time until climax.
Since then I have been visiting that live house when I an in my hometown.
So, I had totally overlooked cool sounds of Tsugaru Shamisen, which is well known traditional musical instrument in Hirosaki, Tsugaru region. Shamisen, in Japanese means three strings. Not only Hirosaki, but also some other regions in Japan have three strings instrument. For instance, Okinawa has their own playing style with Shamisen (maybe they call it Sanshin). Our region, Tugaru also has its own style which is hitting or beating strings rather than “playing”.
You can see this difference between Okinawa one and Tugaru one on YouTube.
Root is the same but they have their own expansion for the style, which can be influenced by surroundings such as music culture and tradition.
I find that Tugaru Shamisen is enjoyed by different age groups. This young lady plays it very well.
Chie Hanawa – Tugaru Shamisen
Live House Yamauta in Hirosaki – city.
This Izakaya Live house has live sessions during dinner time.
Here is the Tripadvisor link : Live House Yamauta in Hirosaki