Geisha with a shamisen, ca.1863-1876 by Shimooka Renjo
Goze (瞽女) were blind shamisen musicians that traveled the countryside playing their traditional instrument for peasants. They were a well organized guild with strict rules and standards. One of these rules was celibacy and if violated the woman would be excommunicated from the guild. They often traveled in threes walking in a single file line with their hand on each other's shoulder, many times traveling through harsh conditions such as rain and snow. They would play and tell their…
geisha "debayashi" musical theatre ensemble (1905). a debayashi ("on stage") ensemble made up geisha musicians performing nagauta ("long song") dance music. The ensemble consists of shinobue (transverse bamboo flute), kotsuzumi (drum played on the shoulder), shamisen (3-string long neck lute), and shimedaiko drum.
National Living Treasure of Japan, Seiji Tsurusawa (1945~), SHAMISEN (Japanese instrument) player for Bunraku (Japanese traditional puppet show)
Tamamura Kouzaburou 玉村 康三郎 (1856 – 1923) Shamisen 三味線 player - Hand-colored - Japan - 1870s Nippon-Graph