Japan trip wrap-up

I’ve just returned from a wonderful time in Tokyo and Kumamoto, Japan, followed by my first trip to England. The trip was amazing; the culmination of months of shamisen and taiko practice and preparation.

Shima no Senzai Tokyo lesson from Kristofer Bergstrom on Vimeo.

My main goal in Japan was shamisen study. After a quick check-in lesson with my shamisen teacher, I took a lesson with the great tsuzumi player, Katada Shinjyuuro. I’m working on a piece called Shima no Senzai which is a duet for tsuzumi and shamisen. The lesson with Shinjyuuro provided an experienced drummer’s input on how to play in a way that makes the tsuzumi part easy and fun. My long-term goal is to be able to perform this piece with Kenny, Shoji, or Yuta and I feel like I’m making my way toward being ready.

Thank you to Kineya Katsuyukie, her students, Shinjyuuro Sensei, and Hiroka for all your help making this lesson happen!

One Response to “Japan trip wrap-up”

  1. Martin N. says:


    Would you write a more detailed story about the time you spend studing in Japan last time?

    Regards from Argentina

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