Kankara Sanshin Okinawan instrument

3-string musical instrument kit

US$ 142

At the heart of Okinawan music is the three-string Sanshin, and its popular version the Kankara Sanshin. While the Sanshin has a five hundred year artisan tradition, the scarcity of materials after WWII prompted the birth of the colorful, do-it-yourself Kankara version, made from tin cans ("kankara" means literally "from a can") and parachute strings. Now Machidaya's ready-made Kankara is reawakening the popularity of this spirited Okinawan emblem.

Kankara Sanshin Okinawan instrument

Light and easily mobile, the Kankara is the ideal accessory for campfire outings and beach holidays, not to mention a key discovery for collectors of exotic musical instruments. The Kankara is anything but plain, choose from one of four colorful bands below in traditional Okinawan textiles.

Kankara Sanshin Okinawan instrument

Meanwhile, kids (and grown-ups too) can enjoy the creative arts and crafts element of personalizing their own instrument.

Kankara Sanshin Okinawan instrument

The Kankara Sanshin features:

  • Kankara instrument
  • Playing manual (Japanese only)
  • Stand not included
  • Options: red/yellow/black bingata print, smoke kasuri print band
  • Options color is not only for the print band but also the straps.

US$ 142

US$ 142