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Tin can shanshin

Date Posted: 2001-05-18

Schools in the mainland Japan are starting to show interest in the Okinawan tin can shanshin instrument for a use in education.

Many schools from the mainland organize tours to Okinawa as the studentsí graduation trip, and many of them visiti the Ryukyu theme park Murasaki-Mura, located next to Nikko Alivila Hotel in Yomitan Village. The theme park is offering a tin can sanshin workshop and performances for visitors including those students. Many of the students are reportedly highly inspired by this Okinawan original musical instrument, and teachers have started using them as educational material in music classes. The Sanshin is a three-string traditional Okinawan musical instrument, and the tin can sanshin is a cheap version that was invented when there was shortage of materials to build a real one during and right after the war.

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