2011年03月18日

Okinawan music features a song to the accompaniment of folk instrument such as a 'sanshin' snakeskin samisen,'hyoshigi' wooden clappers,a 'taiko' drum and a 'yubibue' finger-whistling.

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Okinawa has characteristic music different from Japanese mainland, because it had been a independent kingdom until the 19th century. The most distinguishing point found in this music is a pentatonic scale made up of do-mi-fa-si-do, which is as same as gamelan music in Indonesia. This music is exotic even for Japanese mainlanders on account of specific musical instruments such as a 'sanshin' banjo, 'sanba' castanets, etc. When it is sung by the Okinawan dialect, no one in the mainland can't understand the meaning, accordingly it is often sung in the standard Japanese in recent years. The picture of the dressed-up trio, the girl with 'sanba' on the left, the boy with 'sanshin' in the middle and the boy with 'taiko' on the left, was taken in a restaurant in Naha City.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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