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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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