Traditional BIWA

The stringed instrument which has the origin in ancient Persia as well as lute etc.
Through the Silk Road, the musical instrument which became PIPA in China
was introduced into Japan
around the 7th or 8th century, and became a biwa.
It was a court musical instrument in the beginning.After that,
a blind priest began to play Biwa and tell that the past samurai battle.
Therefore, the biwa became a samurai's musical instrument gradually.

In the contemporary,
In 1967, Tsuruta sensei first played on the piece November Steps,
composed by Takemitsu Toru.
This was the first time traditional Japanese musical instruments
were combined with western orchestra. Through November Steps,
Tsuruta Kinshi exposed the world outside of Japan to the deep beauty of the biwa.

:in Viena(digest)


西原鶴真 / 壇の浦 ― Nishihara Kakushin / Dannoura from Masaki Yanagida on Vimeo.

:9.11 satsuma biwa : Kakushin Nishihara/ cello : Gaspar Claus/ produced by MODEST LAUNCH/ images & edited by Masaki Yanagida/ sounds & mixed by Takigawa/ Shot in Zushi,Kanagawa,Japan/ December 11th 2009

:Live the JYOUBUTU(the Japanese biwa, techno, and modern dance.) in Viena.

:shong02LIVE BIWA solo

:HARA KIKUKO(the Japanese biwa and modern dance.)


This song tells about battle of DANNOURA.
DANNOURA(AC1185) is famous battel of samurai.


This song tells about young general YOSHITUNE after DANNOURA.


A Japanese performing arts collective,
which uses the Buddhist term "JYOUBUTU" for its name,
is combining the Japanese biwa, techno, and modern dance.


9.11 /satsuma biwa : Kakushin Nishihara.

911 - 西原鶴真