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sham·i·sen

 (shăm′ĭ-sĕn′) also sam·i·sen (săm′-)
n.
A Japanese musical instrument resembling a lute, having a very long neck and three strings played with a plectrum.

[Japanese shamisen, samisen : san, three (from Middle Chinese sam, also the source of Mandarin sān) + mi, taste, touch; see mirin + sen, string (from Middle Chinese sian`; also the source of Mandarin xiàn).]

shamisen

(ˈʃæmɪˌsɛn) or

samisen

n
(Instruments) a Japanese plucked stringed instrument with a long neck, an unfretted fingerboard, and a rectangular soundbox
[Japanese, from Chinese san-hsien, from san three + hsien string]
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Noun1.shamisen - a Japanese stringed instrument resembling a banjo with a long neck and three strings and a fretted fingerboard and a rectangular soundboxshamisen - a Japanese stringed instrument resembling a banjo with a long neck and three strings and a fretted fingerboard and a rectangular soundbox; played with a plectrum
stringed instrument - a musical instrument in which taut strings provide the source of sound
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The dance was performed by Honami Tsuboi, a Japanese rhythmic gymnast at the Beijing 2008 Games, to the accompaniment of music played on three-stringed shamisen instruments by the Yoshida Brothers from the Tsugaru region of northern Japan.
Bringing additional excitement to the opening week of this year's JFF-Eigasai is a special performance by Keisho Ohno, a master player of shamisen, a three-stringed Japanese traditional music instrument.
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Her numbers of Koto and Shamisen concert turned the evening of a soft rainy drops on a starry and moonlit night, and the excitement that she generated was remarkable, making her repeated performance in Karachi a remarkable event.
Musician Sumie Kaneko rendered a thrilling performance on Japanese traditional instruments koto and shamisen. Koto is similar to the santoor or surmandal and shamisen is a three-stringed instrument similar to a banjo.
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Dulaang UP's Tony Mabesa attempted such an unprecedented undertaking in 2003, based on a Filipino translation by Jerry Respeto of the classic Japanese text 'Kanjincho.' The cast-among them Neil Ryan Sese, Romnick Sarmenta, Lex Marcos and the Dulaang UP Ensemble-trained rigorously under two Kabuki experts, learning the performance elements and techniques of the age-old art form; student musicians also learned how to perform as a Kabuki musical ensemble with Japanese drums, flute, shamisen and vocals.
According to a PCJA - Sindh announcement Friday it is to mark the auspicious occasion, titled as "HAMARA DOSTANA," that Sumie (Sumi-i?1/2) Kaneko, recognized as a pioneer for her uniquely chromatic use of Koto and Shamisen (traditional instruments of music) has been specially invited to enthrall the locals.