Ichigenkin: Making My Own
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Publisher:Ohio State University. Libraries
Originally the ichigenkin was played by scholars, samurai and zen priests, who considered the instrument as a means of self improvement. Much like ikebana (flower arranging), and chadou (tea ceremony), playing ichigenkin was considered a martial art, and practice was considered a form spiritual training. It wasn’t a major performance instrument. Now, it is mainly played by women (though a few men are also finding it compelling) as a source of self expression. Still, it carries with it considerable potential for adaptation to a more modern audience, while keeping its cultural ambiance. This is how I made my own.