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A ‘samisen’,an instrument somewhat similar in shape to a banjo, is one of a leading folk instrument in Japan. It is made up of a rosewood skeleton, a cat or dog skin on both sides of the square body and three silk strings. The neck of it is divided broadly into three categories, a slender neck, a standard neck and a thick neck. A ‘samisen’, technically belonging to the lute family, came from China late in the...

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