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      News — Gagaku

      Featured Product of the Week (Apr.15-21)

      Featured Product of the Week (Apr.15-21)

      New Bamboo Ryuteki

      Ryuteki is one of the Japanese bamboo flute, which is often played in gagaku (Japanese court music). It produces clear and high-pitch sound. New bamboo ryuteki has smoke bamboo-taste looks (excellent bamboo called susudake). Enjoy Japanese bamboo flute sounds. 

      Featured Product of the Week (Dec. 31-Jan.6, 2019)

      Featured Product of the Week (Dec. 31-Jan.6, 2019)

      Sho (Hosho)

      Sho is one of the three major wind instruments in gagaku (Japanese court music) . It is made of the 17 bamboo sticks and the matal reeds and blow part. It produces the sound like heaven. In the gagaku world, it represents "heaven".
      Sho (Hosho)

       

      Hichiriki

      Also, hichiriki is one of the three major wind instruments in gagaku. It is made of the main part (originally made of bamboo) and the blow part (made of reed). It produces the ethnic sound that reminds Asia. In the gagaku world, it represents "human".
      Hichiriki

       

      Ryuteki

      As well as sho and hichiriki, ryuteki is one of the three major wind instruments in gagaku. It is originally made of bamboo and said that the origin of the Japanese transverse flute. It produces the clear and high pitch sound. In the gagaku world, it represents "sky between heaven and human". Literally, a Japanese word of "ryuteki" means "dragon flute".
      Ryuteki

       

       

      Bamboo Hichiriki

      Bamboo Hichiriki

      Hichiriki is one of the wind instruments for the Japanese court music (gagaku). We uploaded some photos of it. The sounds of the hichiriki is the melody part of gagaku music. It has more Asian taste sounds than other wind instruments for the Japanese court music.  

      It attracted attention in last year to be introduced by Japanese famous TV show with the musician. He played the popular music with the hichiriki in the program and many Japanese people found how beautiful this traditional musical instrument sounds. It might require some practice to make sounds but it's interesting to play popular songs with this small traditional instrument. 

       

      Bamboo Hichiriki

      https://taiko-shop.com/collections/gagaku/products/bamboo-hichiriki

      Today's Taiko Center (Nov. 24, 2017)

      Today's Taiko Center (Nov. 24, 2017)

      A Part of Today's Shipping

      Eisa Odaiko
      (A Black Eisa Odaiko)

      Though red eisa odaiko is the most popular, black one looks cool. 

       

      Sho Heater
      (Heater)

       This is not musical instrument but essential item for an instrument called sho. 

      Sho
      (Sho)

      Sho is one of the wind instruments used in gagaku. To play it, the vapor in the breath is condensed inside sho, and it damages sho. Heater is used to prevent from condensation. 

       

      We sell various Japanese musical instruments other than taiko such as eisa and gagaku as noted above. If you are interested in other Japanese musical instruments and performing arts, please visit our online shop to inquire.