I'm in Japan for a very short period and have always wanted to go and have been a massive fan of Shamisen music for years. I've found a few Shamisen shops but Shamisen Katoh seems like the only shop accessible using the JR Pass.
I've emailed Katoh san via firstname.lastname@example.org a week ago, I have also just now emailed him again with a different email address just in case I ended up in Spam.
But wanted to ask if anyone knows if his shop is open on a Monday and whether I have to order the shamisen i want to buy before i visit?
and if anyone is close with him and could reach out?
I'm in Japan for a week but only passing Tokyo before I fly home so ultimately I have only one day to buy my Shamisen.
I'm looking to buy a Tsugaru Shamisen with Synthetic/Plastic where it would apply (I don't want with skin/bone)
Any help appreciated!
Hi and welcome.
Katoh is closed on sunday and on public holiday (定休日：日曜・祝祭日). It opens at 10 am and closes at 7 pm. Lucky man who is about to buy a shamisen !
Thanks! I've managed to get in contact with him :) Hopefully I can order online and pick it up on the one day I'm there. :)