Tsugaru Shamisen World Cup

May 3rd, 2020 (Sun) -
May 4th, 2020
(Mon)

Location: Hirosaki Civic Hall
Organization: The Tsugaru Shamisen World Convention Executive Committee

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What is the Tsugaru Shamisen
World Cup?

Tsugaru Shamisen is a type of Shamisen (a three stringed traditional japanese instrument), which is used to play Shamisen Music. This particular type was started by travelling blind artists in the Tsugaru Area of Japan.

It is said that the intense playing technique of Tsugaru Shamisen comes from an era when there were no microphones, to beat the singer’s voices volume, as well as to satisfy the audience.
The vibrant and delicate deep tone color of Tsugaru Shamisen is a traditional art cultivated by Tsugaru Area’s natural features and history.

The Tsugaru Shamisen World Cup is a place where players of Tsugaru Shamisen not only from Japan, but from all over the world can compete over their playing skills while lettings the sound of the Shamisen, which has been passed on by its players and worshippers, ring in Tsugaru – its birthplace.
While being preserved by history and tradition, the Tsugaru Shamisen World Cup is continuously attempting something new. The competition is known as the gateway to success for the players, and for its audience and Tsugaru Shamisen fans from all over the world it is a place to come in touch with Tsugaru Shamisen.

38th Winner of Individual A Class, 2019

Men A Class: Yuto Kanno

Women A Class: Sayo Komada

Summary of 39th Tsugaru Shamisen World Cup 2020

Competition Title 39th Tsugaru Shamisen World Cup 2020
(Former title: Tsugaru Shamisen National Competition)
Date May 3rd, 2020 (Sunday, national holiday) – May 4th, 2020 (Monday, national holiday)
Time 9am – Opening, 10am – Start of competition
Day 1 (May 3rd, 2020) Junior C Class, Senior C Class, Team competition, Middle C Class, B Class with musical accompaniment
Day 2 (May 4th, 2020) Youth C Class, Individual B Class, A Class with musical accompaniment, Individual A Class
Location Hirosaki Civic Hall(1-6 Shimoshiroganech?, Hirosaki, Aomori) – map

Performance classes, performance time & participation fees

Class Requirements Performance Time Participation Fee
Individual A Class intermediate male and female players (No age limit) 4 minutes or less 7000 Yen
Individual B Class intermediate male and female players (No age limit) 3 minutes or less 7000 Yen
A Class with musical accompaniment Male and female (no age limit) intermediate and advanced (recommended) players who can play the set piece (Tsugaru Yosare Bushi) with musical accompaniment. Simultaneous entry for B Class with musical accompaniment not possible 1 minute or less, including tuning. 7000 Yen
B Class with musical accompaniment Male and female (no age limit) beginners (recommended) who can play the set piece (Tsugaru Jonkara Shinbushi) with musical accompaniment. Simultaneous entry for A Class with musical accompaniment not possible 1 minute or less, including tuning. 7000 Yen
Youth C Class Male and female beginners between 16 and 39 years 2 minutes 30 seconds 7000 Yen
Middle C Class Male and female beginners between 40 and 59 years 2 minutes 30 seconds 7000 Yen
Senior C Class Male and female beginners of 60 years and above 2 minutes 30 seconds 7000 Yen
Junior C Class Male and female beginners of 15 years and below 2 minutes 30 seconds 7000 Yen

Entry Period

Your entry must have arrived by March 10th 2020.

Access to the venue

Hirosaki Station to Hirosaki Park (Hirosaki Civic Hall)

Hirosaki Park

The competition is held during the Cherry Blossom Festival of Hirosaki. The surroundings will be very crowded during that period.

  • 30 minutes by feet
  • 10 minutes by taxi

Tokyo to Hirosaki

Train
  • Tokyo Station
    3 hours 20 minutes by Hayate Shinkansen
  • Shin Aomori Station
    30 minutes by Tsugaru Express
  • Hirosaki Station
Plane
  • Haneda Airport
    1 hour 15 minutes by plane
  • Aomori Airport
    55 minutes by bus
  • Hirosaki Station