TSUGARU-SHAMISEN

Traditional Japanese sounds played by TSUGARU-SHAMISEN.
Please enjoy the player’s breathing as well as the sound of the strings.

  • We will create a special moment with TSUGARU-SHAMISEN.

    WAENTEI-KIKKO is one of the few places in Japan where you can have a meal while listening to live TSUGARU-SHAMISEN.
    We play TSUGARU-SHAMISEN and other traditional Japanese music every day.

    The owner Kodai Fukui, he performs mainly in national and international concerts, his dynamic plectruming and the young players’ lively performances have been well received by our customers from Japan and abroad.

  • SHOW TIME

    • LUNCH
      TIME

    • 12:15〜
    • 13:30〜
    • DINNER
      TIME

    • 18:30〜
    • 20:00〜
FOR ENTERTAINING GUESTS

FOR ENTERTAINING GUESTS

The person in charge will consult with the organizer to propose a plan that meets your needs.

FOR CELEBRATORY BANQUETS

FOR CELEBRATORY BANQUETS

Add a TSUGARU-SHAMISEN performance to special occasions such as weddings and birthdays.

WEDDING PLAN

TO OUR CUSTOMERS FROM ABROAD

TO OUR CUSTOMERS FROM ABROAD

We welcome foreign visitors to Japan with a performance of TSUGARU-SHAMISEN.

THE HISTORY AND ATTRACTION OF THE TSUGARU-SHAMISEN

TSUGARU-SHAMISEN is the shamisen with Futozao (fat necked) pole that plays accompaniment to TSUGARU-folk-songs and improvises music.

Tracing its history, it was also known as BOSAMA-SHAMISEN before it was called TSUGARU-SHAMISEN.
BOSAMA is a blind shamisen player, who goes and play shamisen from house to house.
At that time, Futozao was not used, but Hosozao (thin neck) or Chuzao (middle neck).
At that time, it seems to have been played in Hosozao and Chuzao, not Futozao.
TSUGARU-SHAMISEN was born from the harsh climate and history of TSUGARU.

There are Tataki-bachi and Hiki-bachi techniques are used.
Tataki-bachi is a hard and fast playing style, while Hiki-bachi is a soft.
TSUGARU-SHAMISEN’s music playing has basic rules, but it is often improvised and the tune of the music changes greatly depending on the individuality of the performer.

Today it is also used to play with other Japanese and Western instruments, and is widely supported as an expressive instrument.

OWNER

KODAI FUKUI

While in high school, he learned TSUGARU-SHAMISEN from Master TENDAI FUKUI, and after 3 years of apprentice, he awarded the title of Master.
He is a graduated from the 33rd NHK School for Perform of Traditional Japanese Instruments.
As IKUZO YOSHI’s exclusive performer, he has mainly toured abroad and across the country.
In addition to performing as a soloist, he performs widely as a member of the traditional Japanese music group RYUJIN.
He is also the president of KODAI-KAI (KODAI FUKUI Musical Association) and has many students in the Kanto area.

In 2005, opened the WAENTEI-KIKKO in Sensoji, Asakusa.

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