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The Nature of Tsugaru Jongara bushi

By Kevin Kmetz. ...for those of you who wish to dive into the heart of Tsuagru Shamisen, a deeper understanding of the nature of Aomori prefecture will produce a tremendous increase in joy, excitement and insight as you pursue the development of your own Jongara bushi... [read more]

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How I Met Masahiro Nitta - Part 1

By Kevin Kmetz. “I tried my best not to sound awkward but began to imagine I might be failing.” [read more]

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Repairing a Chipped Bachi

By Kyle Abbott. Oh no, your bachi chipped! Fortunately, it's very easy to repair, taking less than 5~10 minutes to do so. Here's how. [read more]

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Planet Earth Shamisen: "Introducing Kevin" & "Observing Tsugaru"

By Kevin Kmetz. When I was 14 years old I became aware of a fascinating musical art form called Tsugaru Shamisen. Growing up as a foreigner in Japan... [read more]

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It's time for final mixing of the two new Monsters of Shamisen CDs! Watch.
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Had an epicly (spelled something like that?) productive time with Nitta san this week! Because of that, I have gigs upon gigs of footage to catalog now. In the meantime, I've just posted a series of pictures from last week's events on Facebook! Watch.
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Today is the individual division at the Hirosaki Taikai. Grant Reimer steps up to the stage! Having found out that he was entered into the wrong class, he had to shorten his piece by 30 seconds to fit in the time limit. Miraculously, he pulled it off! Watch.

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