Performer from Echigo

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Echigo-Shishi (Performer from Echigo)” is performed to naga-uta. There are many kind of samisen (=three-stringed Japanese banjo) music including kiyomoto, yamato-gaku, shinnai etc. for Japanese dance. What is the difference between them? Samisen music can be divided into two categories; story-telling katari-mono and sketch-like utai-mono. The former have gidayu, tokiwazu, kiyomoto and shinnai while the latter naga-uta, yamato-gaku. The neck of samisen becomes thinner from the widest gidayu, middle-width tokiwazu and kiyomoto to naga-uta.