shamisen

~ String instrument

Description

The shamisen, samisen or sangen is a three-stringed instrument from Japan which is played with a large triangular-shaped plectrum called a bachi. The body traditionally uses cat or dog skin, unlike the Chinese sanxian and Okinawan sanshin.

Relationships

from: Japan
derived from: sanshin
subtypes: kokyu (Traditional Japanese bowed spikefiddle.)
Wikidata: Q241337 [info]
picture: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Shamisen.jpg [info]