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Radio 3 Guide to World Music
Japan might be better known for making small machines that play music rather than for making music itself. Nevertheless, a rich tradition combined with a capacity to absorb foreign cultures and utilize technology has resulted in some unique and accessible music.

Paul Fisher lived in Japan for 10 years unearthing some of this music, as an on-line retailer, producer, artist manager, journalist and broadcaster.

Listen to the whole programme (24'00) or click on any of the tracks to the left.

One Fukko Bushi
by Soul Flower Mononoke Summit
album: Asyl-Ching Dong
Respect Records (Japan)
Punk chindon from rock band, who went 'unplugged' to entertain Kobe earthquake victims.
Two Haisai Ojisan
by Shoukichi Kina
album: The Music Power from Okinawa
GlobeStyle (UK)
Landmark live recording from 1977, mixture of Okinawan island music and rock.
Three Shima Jima Kaisha
by Nenes
album: Koza Dabasa
Ki/oon Sony (Japan)
Ry Cooder joins Okinawan female quartet on their finest, exquisite moment.
Hear the ProgrammeRough Guide Discography
Four Shima Uta (Uchinaguchi Version)
by The Boom
album: Shima Uta
Sony (Japan)
Million selling Okinawan influenced single that brought homegrown roots music to the masses.
Five Shamisen Jonkara
by Chikuzan Takahashi
album: Tsugaru Shamisen
Sony (Japan)
Grandmaster of the northern tsugaru shamisen style of fast, intricate lute playing.
Paul Fisher with Mount Fuji backdrop
Tracks 6 - 10

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