Koto

Books

Here are our suggestions for informative books about koto and/or Japanese traditional music:


Trent, Erica. (2010). >The Japanese Koto: A Beginner's Textbook. Mizuyamasangyo Co. Ltd.

Johnson, Henry. (2004). The Koto: A Traditional Instrument in Contemporary Japan. Hotei Publishing.

Adriaansz, Willem. (1973). Kumiuta and Danmono Traditions of Japanese Koto Music. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

DeFerranti, Hugh. (2000). Japanese Musical Instruments: Images of Asia. London: Oxford University Press.

Malm, Willam P. (2001). Traditional Japanese Music and Musical Instruments. Kodansha International.


Online

You should find lots of helpful information on the following websites:


Linda Kakō Caplan - reference site for koto and shamisen, CDs, online videos, interesting links and more.
www.lindacaplan.com


Koto no Koto - reference site about all things koto.
www.kotonokoto.org


Miyagi Michio no sekai – in Japanese only. Information about Miyagi specifically and koto in general.
www.miyagikai.gr.jp


Japanese o-koto - includes a virtual koto – play it with your mouse.
www.genkienglish.net/genkijapan/koto.htm



Shamisen

Books

Here are some suggestions for informative books about shamisen:


Adriaansz, Willem. (1978). Introduction to Shamisen Kumiuta. Frits Knuf B.V. Buren The Netherlands

Groemer, Gerald. (1999). The Spirit of Tsugaru: Blind Musicians, Tsugaru-jamisen, and the Folk Music of Northern Japan. Harmonie Park Press.

Online

You should find lots of helpful information on the following websites:


Shamisen - tunings and playing techniques
http://www.promusica.or.jp/english/06_3shamisen.html


Shamisen - how it’s made
http://shofu.pref.ishikawa.jp/shofu/geinou_e/gakki/sangen_e/sangen3_e.html


Video - the making of shamisen. Narration in Japanese only, but video is excellent. You can probably follow without understanding the language.
http://www.tourism.metro.tokyo.jp/english/tra/goods08.html


Shamisen - a brief history and description
http://www.geocities.com/sljohnson1980/shamisen1.htm