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Shamisen by the craftsmen of Komatsuya. Classical techniques of the shamisen craftsmen are passed down to modern craftsmen.

Nagauta-shamisen, kouki/karin wood, an artificial skin “Ripple” used

Nagauta-shamisen, kouki/karin wood, an artificial skin “Ripple” used.

The Nagauta-shamisen is also called the Hosozao-shamisen, and it is mainly used as a musical accompaniment for kabuki, Ogie-bushi and Awa-odori, having a brilliant yet subtle sound.
The bottom part of the instrument’s neck has a beautiful curve called “hatomune” (pigeon's breast).
Everything from the Nagauta-shamisen’s hatomune curve to the itomaki (peg) details are manufactured based on Komatsuya’s expert craftsmanship, which is founded upon uncompromising standards.
An experienced artisan carefully covers the instrument’s body with skin while checking the preciseness of each musical tone. The manufacturing process of all our products is concluded by conducting a sound test using an acoustic measurement device.
Komatsuya is confident that you will be more than satisfied with the playing performance of our shamisen, each one of which is crafted meticulously with all of our heart and soul.

  • Neck: Depending on your performance preferences, different woods such as karin and kouki are available.
  • Skin: The easy-to-maintain artificial skin “Ripple” is available, which features high sound quality and resistance to humidity.
  • This product is available with accessories (Komatsuya will choose suitable colors, designs and specifications for the side cover and other accessories for you) or without accessories.
  • Karin wood shamisen: From JPY 70,000 (w/o tax)
  • Kouki (African wood) standard shamisen: From JPY 148,000 (w/o tax)

* The price depends on the material used and the process, etc.

Jiuta-shamisen, kouki/karin wood, an artificial skin “Ripple” used

Jiuta-shamisen, kouki/karin wood, an artificial skin “Ripple” used.

The Jiuta-shamisen is also called the Chuzao-shamisen. It is used in sankyoku (music for three instruments) ensembles, performed using the Jiuta-shamisen, koto and shakuhachi. The shamisen’s smooth sound is designed to complement perfectly that of the koto.
The Jiuta-shamisen manufactured with Komatsuya’s expert craftsmanship not only boast beautiful acoustics but also feature a beautiful form.
An experienced artisan carefully covers the instrument’s body with skin while checking the preciseness of each musical tone. The manufacturing process of all our products is concluded by conducting a sound test using an acoustic measurement device.
Komatsuya is confident that you will be more than satisfied with the playing performance of our shamisen, each one of which is crafted meticulously with all of our heart and soul.

  • Neck: Depending on your performance preferences, different woods such as karin and kouki are available.
  • Skin: The easy-to-maintain artificial skin “Ripple” is available, which features high sound quality and resistance to humidity.
  • This product is available with accessories (Komatsuya will choose suitable colors, designs and specifications for the side cover and other accessories for you) or without accessories.
  • Karin wood shamisen: From JPY 74,000 (w/o tax)
  • Kouki (African wood) standard shamisen: From JPY 152,000 (w/o tax)

* The price depends on the material used and the process, etc.

Tsugaru-shamisen, kouki/karin wood, an artificial skin “Ripple” used

Tsugaru-shamisen, kouki/karin wood, an artificial skin “Ripple” used.

The Tsugaru-shamisen is also called the Futozao-shamisen, and is the largest of all shamisen types, creating a truly dynamic soundscape. Although the shamisen in general was originally designed to be played as a musical accompaniment, the Tsugaru-shamisen is often used for solo performances, just like a guitar.
This style of shamisen features an “Azuma-sawari,” which enables easy adjustment of sawari (buzzy timbre that may remind you of the sound of a water stream) using a metallic screw device.
Everything from the Tsugaru-shamisen’s broad neck to tenjin (headpiece) is manufactured in accordance with Komatsuya’s expert craftsmanship to ensure the acoustic resonance of the sawari, living up to our policy of uncompromising standards.
An experienced artisan carefully covers the instrument’s body with skin while checking the preciseness of each musical tone. The manufacturing process of all our products is concluded by conducting a sound test using an acoustic measurement device.
Komatsuya is confident that you will be more than satisfied with the playing performance of our shamisen, each one of which is crafted meticulously with all of our heart and soul.

  • Neck: Depending on your performance preferences, different woods such as karin and kouki are available.
  • Skin: The easy-to-maintain artificial skin “Ripple” is available, which features high sound quality and resistance to humidity.
  • This product is available with accessories (Komatsuya will choose suitable colors, designs and specifications for the side cover and other accessories for you) or without accessories.
  • Karin wood shamisen: From JPY 124,000 (w/o tax)
  • Kouki (African wood) standard shamisen: From JPY 160,000 (w/o tax)

* The price depends on the material used and the process, etc.

Shami-Komachi, souvenir shamisen

Shami-Komachi, souvenir shamisen

A souvenir shamisen that can be played actually. So highly aesthetic that it is recommended to decorate the interior of your house.
This is an ecological and environment-friendly product that uses Japanese lumber obtained from thinning. The product is made by Japanese craftsmen with the greatest care (made in Japan).

  • Materials: Japanese cedar or cypress, artificial skin Ripple, threads, and bridges (“Koma”)
  • Size: 72 cm in height and 24 cm in width
  • From JPY 19,850 (w/o tax)

* The price depends on the material used and the process, etc.

床几椅子 侍チェア Folding stool, Samurai Chair TONO

Folding stool, Samurai Chair TONO

  • Materials: Ripple, an artificial skin for the shamisen, and Hiba, a kind of cypress.

Folding stool using the Ripple, an artificial skin for the shamisen. This folding stool, which can be regarded as the origin of the Ripple, is put into commercial production! The development of the Ripple started from this folding stool.
The Ripple, an artificial skin for the shamisen, is a product developed by the President of Komatsuya, who was inspired in his childhood by a folding chair made by his brother. On one day in his childhood, he was impressed by a bouncing sound made by flipping a finger against the cloth that covered the seat of the folding chair, when the cloth was so tight while the folding chair was unfolded.

  • JPY 30,000 (w/o tax)

* The price depends on the material used and the process, etc.

Beware of counterfeits of our products.

All of our genuine products have the serial number printed on the body and the warranty card.
Kindly understand and be advised that we do not warrant or handle any counterfeit products brought to us.
Please note that we assume no responsibility for any troubles, failures, accidents, etc., resulting from the purchase and use of counterfeit products.

- Features of the Ripple -
An artificial skin for the shamisen

  • Passion of craftsmen and staff

    PASSION OF CRAFTSMEN AND STAFF

    We take pride in creating the product with more passion than any others. We thank all concerned for their support in developing the Ripple.

  • Long life

    LONG LIFE

    The Ripple lasts longer with a higher durability. The strength is higher than the conventional real or synthetic skin.

  • Water resistant

    WATER RESISTANT

    Suitable for outdoor concerts and festivals. Sudden rain is not a concern.

  • Sound conscious product

    SOUND CONSCIOUS PRODUCT

    Certified by the Japan Acoustic Lab. We will continue to promote research and development.

  • Your original design

    YOUR ORIGINAL DESIGN

    Variation in shamisen skin color is not limited to white. The color is optional, and your original skin can be designed. Choose freely from lovely ones to cool ones.
    The Ripple will continue to evolve so that your shamisen life can be more lovely.