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Experience Japanese
traditional art,
"Shamisen"

Welcome to KITAGAWA-ha web site!!

Are you interested in profound Japanese history and traditional arts?
Have you ever heard the music enjoyed in Edo-era?
The shamisen music played by KITAGAWA-ha surely has its origin in Edo-era.
Because our genre, SHINNAI-bushi, has been loved by a lot of people as the music close to common people at that time.
You can learn Japanese propriety and know the common life and many words in Edo-era through SHINNAI-bushi.
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We only play SHINNAI-bushi which is different from TSUGARU-shamisen.
What’s the difference?
The origins, playing method, tools, musics, everything. For example, SHINNNAI-bushi is classical music and TSUGARU-shamisen is like pop music. SHINNAI-bushi is close to shamisen music played by geisha, at kabuki, and for classical Japanese dance.
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We, KITAGAWA-ha, hold shamisen lessons and play the shamisen at parties or events.
If you want to play or listen to shamisen, KITAGAWA-ha is the best choice!
We guide you to the shamisen world!
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Lesson Location

We have 2 locations. Please choose according to your preference.
You must make an appointment in advance.
Lesson is man-to-man basis but you may take it with your family or friends!
You are able to be seated at any lesson.
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1 Akishima location

Address: Bihodo shamisenten 2F, 1137-68, Nakagami-cho, Akisima city, Tokyo
(7 min walking from JR Ome line Nakagami station)
・Every Tuesday and Saturday
・AM10:30 to PM7:00

You can enjoy lessons without dress code at this location.
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2 Hachioji “NAKAYASU” location

Address: 1-36-6, Akatsuki-cho, Hachioji city, Tokyo
(5 min from JR Chuo line Hachioji station by car)
・Every Monday and Friday
・AM10:30 to PM4:30

”NAKAYASU” is a Japanese style restaurant which has started 80 years ago. In addition, as instructors are in Kimono, we recommend you a lesson at “NAKAYASU” if you would like to play the shamisen in more Japanese atmosphere.
”NAKAYASU” requires you to be in neatly dressed. So please do not be in too casual.
(If you have any questions about what to wear, please ask us!)

Price

Trial Lesson (with an English speaking instructor)
3000 yen (45 min) / lesson

We have some lesson plans for regular lesson. Please ask us about weekly or monthly lessons and lesson fees.

About Instructor

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What she likes to do

eat delicious foods, make sweets and cook and watch movies.

Yasunobu Kitagawa
(The master of KITAGAWA-ha)

She became a KITAGAWA-ha shamisen player at 16.
(The name “Nobuayane Kitagawa” was given at that time.)
She also has been a dancer of HANAYAGI-ryu which is a classical Japanese dance school. (Her HANAYAGI name is Yuuayane Hanayagi)
When she was 19 years old, she was approved as an instructor of KITAGAWA-ha by the head of KITAGAWA-ha. After that, she became the master of KITAGAWA-ha, and succeeded to “Yasunobu” the 3rd of KITAGAWA-ha.

She has varieties of talent. She is an Enka singer, stage actress and narrator.