あさラジオ Ep.88「和楽器(わがっき)」

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おすすめの本 “The Koto: A Traditional Instrument in Contemporary Japan”

おすすめの本:Shamisen of Japan: The definitive guide to Tsugaru Shamisen




洗濯する:to do laundry





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伝統音楽、わかりますか?伝統:traditional, 音楽:music

英語だと、classical music ですね。昔からある音楽です。


和:Japan, Japanese, 楽器:music instrument






和楽器はいろいろありますよね。たとえば、和太鼓。和太鼓は、日本の太鼓です。太鼓は英語で drumですから、和太鼓は japanese drum ですね。


Japanese drums have many different sizes and shapes, and you can see the large ones at Matsuri.


ちなみに和太鼓は牛の革で作られているらしいですよ!I found in the internet that Japanese drums are made of cowhide! (cow’s leather)

それでは、和太鼓の音を聞いてみましょう・・・ かっこいいですよ!







これは弦楽器 (stringed instrument) で、13本の長い弦があります。







三味線はちょっとギターに似ています。これも弦楽器です。でも弦は3本だけ。3本しかありません。It has only 3 strings.




What do you think the shamisen’s strings are made of?

三味線の弦は、猫の皮で作られています!It is made from cat’s leather.



Cat skin is very hard to get, so shamisen is very expensive.






It doesn’t make a beautiful sound.



Now, I’m sorry about such a dark fact, but let’s hear this beautiful sound!







Wednesday, September 22, 2021
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Today’s topic is traditional Japanese music.
Today’s topic is traditional Japanese music, and in particular, I’d like to talk about “Japanese musical instruments”.

Do you know what traditional music is? Traditional: traditional, music: music
In English, it’s classical music. It is music that has been around for a long time.
And today, I would like to talk about Japanese traditional instruments. What is a Japanese musical instrument?
Japanese: Japan, Japanese, musical instrument: music instrument

Usually, trumpets, cymbals, drums, and pianos are all called “musical instruments.
Japanese musical instruments are called “wagakuki”.

Have you ever seen a Japanese musical instrument?
There are many kinds of Japanese musical instruments, aren’t there? For example, wadaiko. Wadaiko is a Japanese drum. The word “taiko” is “drum” in English, so “wadaiko” is “japanese drum.
Japanese drums have many different sizes and shapes, and the big ones are often seen at festivals.
They dance to the rhythm of “dong dong ka”.
By the way, I heard that Japanese drums are made of cowhide!
Let’s listen to the sound of Japanese drums.

〜It’s so cool!

Another famous Japanese musical instrument is the Koto.
Koto is a musical instrument that came from China a long time ago, so Japanese Koto and Chinese Koto are similar, but a little different.
So the Japanese koto is called “wagoto”.
It is a stringed instrument, with 13 long strings.
The koto is a very interesting instrument, so if you are interested in it, please read my recommended book!
Now, let’s listen to the beautiful music of the zither together.


And the last famous Japanese musical instrument is the shamisen.
The shamisen looks a bit like a guitar. It is also a stringed instrument. It has only 3 strings.
It has only three strings, but it produces a really cool and beautiful sound.

What do you think the shamisen strings are made of?
It is made from cat’s leather.
Was that a little shocking? I’m sorry…
Cat skin is very hard to get, so shamisen is very expensive.
It seems that many old instruments used animal skins. Cows, snakes, pigs….
But cats are a shocker, aren’t they?
I’ve heard that sometimes artificial materials are used, but they don’t produce a beautiful sound.
It’s a difficult problem to solve.
Artificial: artificial,

Now, I’m sorry about that after knowing such a dark fact, but let’s hear this beautiful sound!

〜I’m sorry about such a dark fact, but let’s hear this beautiful sound!

Thank you again for listening to me today. I’ll see you later.
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