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Calling All Girls! March 7, 2010

Posted by Elisa Hough in History, Music.
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Before we came here, I found everything I could about Okinawan music in Shields Library and the Davis Public Library. I learned that, while women play a strong role in Okinawan religion, they are sort of shut out of the music realm. Even after World War II, when mainland Japan started encouraging women to study the arts, the same was not true of Okinawa.

But last week I watched evidence to the contrary. The Four Sisters, a renowned sanshin and vocal quartet, has been around for decades, and were even featured on the Rough Guide to Okinawa compilation. Here’s a really low-quality video I took at the Sanshin Day concert in Yomitan on Thursday.

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