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  1. 1. Traditional Japanese Instruments
  2. 2. Koto <ul><li>The official national instrument of Japan </li></ul><ul><li>13 strings </li></ul><ul><li>Tuning is based on the pentatonic scale </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>The Koto resembles a dragon. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Shakuhachi <ul><li>A Bamboo flute with 5 finger holes </li></ul><ul><li>Usually tuned to the pentatonic scale </li></ul><ul><li>A 3-octave range </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>The Shukuhachi was played by Buddhist Priests. </li></ul><ul><li>Doubled as a club if necessary </li></ul>
  6. 6. Shamisen <ul><li>A 3 string “banjo” plucked with a large ivory plectrum </li></ul><ul><li>Used in Kabuki Theater </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>These instruments gained popularity during the Edo period </li></ul><ul><li>1603-1868 </li></ul>
  8. 9. For more information <ul><li>www.japan-zone.com/culture/instrument.shtml </li></ul><ul><li>http://jtrad.columbia.jp/eng/inst.html </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.mustrad.org.uk/articles/japan </li></ul>

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