Hosozao Shamisen Set “Kairi”

  • hosozao shamisen (sao width: 25 mm, height: 26 mm)
  • made from karin wood
  • natural back and front skins

also included in the set:

  • neo
  • doukake
  • strings
  • bachigawa
  • tenjin cap


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If you are just starting out as a shamisen player, but love the beauty of Japanese craftsmanship as much as I do, you’ll enjoy having a look at this instrument! The instrument is in fantastic shape and will be a very reliable companion that brings you joy every single day! The style of this shamisen is (hosozao), typically used for Nagauta playing style. Because less wood is used in building, this kind of shamisen is more affordable than chunkier types and is very popular among people first trying out playing the shamisen.

The instrument is made from karin wood – an established choice for beginner instruments. The instrument comes with a really pretty dark blue doukake with momiji pattern and a matching dark orange neo (string holder). Also included in the package is a set of attached strings, a bachigawa (skin protector), and a protective tenjin cap. The dou is skinned with natural skins that will wrap you in the authentic and warm sound of shamisen music. The tension is very good on both sides, so the instrument sounds beautiful!

This neck is 25 mm wide and 26 mm high/thick at the top and widens slightly towards the dou. It has an elegantly slanted hatomune – the part where the neck enters the sound box – which is typical for hosozao shamisen associated with Nagauta style. You can play up to position 19 with this kind of neck. The fingerboard is in super great shape, and all the joints are tight and crafted really well (check out the pictures).

The tsukigata (the curved end of the tenjin) is in perfect condition, and the instrument’s wood has a beautiful reddish shade and beautiful grain. The neck is crafted in mitsuori style: It can be separated into three parts. This makes travelling with the shamisen very easy – even if you have to get by with light and small luggage.

The itomaki (tuning pegs) are made from ebony wood and are carved in a traditional way that makes them easy to grip despite their slender built.

If you have any further questions, reach out and send me a message and I’ll be happy to help.

All you need to add to your set to start playing are a koma, a bachi and a yubisuri. Depending on the style you intend to play and your personal preferences, you want to pick a certain kind of koma and bachi. Yubisuri come in different sizes, and I didn’t want to deprive you of the difficult yet fun choice between all the wonderful colors. I also recommend getting an adhesive dougomu or a hizagomu that will prevent the instrument from slipping off your thigh.

If you need help with picking the right additions to this set, don’t hesitate to send a message and we will find the perfect match for you together.