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Let’s Try Shamisen. –Traditional Japanese Banjo–

The shamisen is three-stringed instrument which consists of a body, a neck, and a head called tenjin. It’s said that the instrument was created between the 15th and 16th centuries.
Shamisen is an important instrument for a geisha performance. You may hear its sound in the three Chaya districts in Kanazawa.

Located in the Higashi Chaya district, Fukushima is the only shamisen specialty shop in Hokuriku region. They make and sell shamisen, as well as offer you the opportunity to play. With only three strings, the shamisen is an easy-to-learn instrument (actually, it’s extremely profound). At first you hold the instrument with proper posture. And then make a sound by using the bachi plectrum while pressing down to correct the pitch using the finger of your left hand.
Once you have experienced the shamisen, you’ll gain a new appreciation for the geisha district!

Fukushima Sangenten
1-1-8, Higashiyama, Kanazawa 
Shamisen experience fee: 500yen (includes green tea)
Open: 8:30-18:00 (syamisen experience: 10:00-16:00)
Closed: Sundays, National holidays and the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month
http://www.k2.dion.ne.jp/~sangen/