Traditional Japanese musical instruments are not as well known as they should be. While most people know a shamisen from their appearances in geisha shows or taiko drum from their use in festivals, there are many more instruments, such as the hyoshigi (clappers), biwa (lute), and sanshin (Okinawan banjo).

Perhaps this will help bring some global fame to them. After all, what could be cooler than Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal”, played on traditional Japanese instruments?!

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Here Yoshimi Tsujimoto plays the shakuhachi (bamboo flute), with backing by two koto (harp).

There’s not a whole lot more to say about this, except watch and enjoy!

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