Shamisen: Musical Sounds of Traditional Japan ft. Norm Nakamura of Tokyo Lens

Krewe of Japan

Mar 31 2023 • 1 hr 20 mins

The Krewe is back! Season 4 is going to be bigger and better, debuting with a musical journey with the shamisen. Jenn & Doug took about a year getting this special guest onto the podcast, and they're thrilled to finally welcome Norm Nakamura of the YouTube channel Tokyo Lens to share his passion and love of shamisen with the world. Norm’s fascination for the shamisen went beyond admiring the sound, as he actually learned the instrument thanks to many people, like the Yoshida Brothers, who helped grow his skills and interest. Norm shares his journey of learning the shamisen and gives the listener a glimpse at how special and unique of an instrument it is. This podcast episode was well-worth the wait... enjoy!

Shamisen Intro: "Shamisen Traditional Dry C Minor" by Sumie Kaneko. Licensed, royalty-free, & available to anyone to use on Splice.

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The Krewe of Japan Podcast is a weekly episodic podcast sponsored by the Japan Society of New Orleans. Check them out every Friday afternoon around noon CST on Apple, Google, Spotify, Amazon, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. Want to share your experiences with the Krewe? Or perhaps you have ideas for episodes, feedback, comments, or questions? Let the Krewe know by e-mail at or on social media (Twitter: @kreweofjapan, Instagram: @kreweofjapanpodcast, Facebook: Krewe of Japan Podcast Page, TikTok: @kreweofjapanpodcast & the Krewe of Japan Youtube Channel). Until next time, enjoy!

------ More Info on Norm Nakamura ------

Tokyo Lens webpage

Tokyo Lens YouTube channel

Shamisen in Tokyo (Kiki) YouTube channel

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Norm’s Twitter

Norm’s Instagram

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