Tsugaru-jamisen(shamisen) class(lessons) in English

You can learn tsugaru jamisen(shamisen) on skype from Oyama Kouzan,
the master grade teacher certified Oyama school(the biggest school in tsugaru-jamisen world)who published yoshida brother's song score first in the
tsugaru jamisen world.(Got permission from Japanese copyright management group Jasrac.)

You want to study Japanese culture? Let's try Shamisen!!
I'm a teacher of shamisen,koto,and okinawan sanshin in tokyo.
I serve the lesson for beginners and tourist or foreigners.




Kouzan Oyama
Sanou Oyama
Two straigh years world Championship of Tsugaru Shamisen Group C
Master Grade of Tsugaru Shamisen largest group Oyama-ryu style
Kouzan Oyama is the only person who published the sheet music of Yoshida Brothers and Wagakki Band

Class Video


3500yen/30 minutes (online 3283 yen)
5200 yen / 45minutes ( online 4877yen)
6950yen /60 minutes (pay via paypal 6518yen)


Advance reservation. Give me an e-mail or call, when it is convenient.

You can experience Instruments only one time.

If you want to buy shamisen or koto, I will guide you to the shamisen shop.


Ten minutes walk from Akebonobashi Station (Toei shinjuku line,
Two stations from Shinjuku Station ) Shinjuku District,tokyo

14-28 Yochomachi , Shinjuku-ku Tokyo, Japan 162-0055


Tsugaru-Shamisen(tsugaru-jamisen), Okinawan Sanshin, Koto



03-3341-2849 (direct call ,Tokyo,Japan)
090-9063-2400 (cell phone)

Authentic Course You can get a Japanese stage name (Chinese Character, Kanji ) from your master if you get master grade licence of oyama. For example, my stage name is 小山貢山. You can get 小山山○ as a stage name.

Left Certificate of teacher Right Master Grade Lisence of Oyama style.

Skype Lesson https://youtu.be/msANYfqVLSU
He is a student in Florida.
You can play shamisen with this level only on skype!

Student in Australia


Student in Malaysia



class introduciton video


No Cancellation fee, no registration fee. Enjoy Shamisen freely!

You can play at various event including online monthly event and concerts in New York City

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Thankyou for my lesson. It was very interesting and I got to play the koto also. It was difficult at first but very enjoyable. I think I'f you ever hear this music and want to try... But don't live in Kyoto.. This is the guy to go to! :) thanks very much and I will have another lesson soon.


Great lesson made time fly by

We had a little trouble finding the teachers house but then we met him outside already
searching for us. The lesson was really fun and time was flying by. My friend and me played both
instruments each for the very first time and it wasn't easy (even for experienced guitar players)
but the teacher was very patient and spreading nice vibes. Also he played some impressive songs when
we asked him to play something for us. At the end he took some fotos of us playing the shamisen and koto.


Very patient and helpful!

I was trying to look for Kozan-san's place without WIFI that
day in the rain and got lost for a bit, ended up late by around 20 minutes.
Kozan-san was very nice to extend the ending time for the class since his next class starts
30 minutes after the original ending time of my class. The whole experience was very unique and fun!
I was even more charmed by shamisen after the class! Definitely recommending this class to my friends!



An experience to cherish

The 2 hour session with Kozan san was enriching. It always helps when your teacher is a good player himself and yet
has the patience to handle novices. He encouraged and guided me to try out a few tunes.
It certainly adds to ppreciation and any performing art enthusiast is likely to love this experience.
A big thank you to Kozan san and Voyagin.


I've been enjoyed the lesson so much. The sound of the shamisen and koto is really beautiful.
Thank you so much for Kozan sensei. He's really nice and I'm so appreciate with his demonstration.


An amazing time!! Any north Americans who have an interest in Japanese string instruments,
this is a must do. Kozan is very patient, very kind, professional, and a great teacher!


Thankyou for my lesson. It was very interesting and I got to play the koto also.
It was difficult at first but very enjoyable. I think I'f you ever hear this music and want to try...
But don't live in Kyoto.. This is the guy to go to! :) thanks very much and I will have another lesson soon.



Kozan is amazing at playing the shamisen. He is a great teacher, very friendly, and very good at giving direction. I had no trouble playing the shamisen, and picked it up quite easily. Also, ask Kozan to demonstrate playing the Koto on your visit... you won’t regret it. If you’re after a traditional Japanese experience, I suggest trying this out as it fun and unique activity... one to boast to your jealous friends about back home!
As an added bonus, he made traditional Japanese tea for me which really hit the spot.


Awesome lesson!

Cant recommend this highly enough.

We worked on three instruments (shamisen, koto, and sanshin);
I have musical experience, which helped me get a great deal
out of all three instruments in the short span of time,
but anyone would have a blast with any instrument nuder his tutelage- he is a virtuoso on all three,
and knows exactly how to introduce techniques on each of them!


Outstanding Musical Experience


I met with Shishido-sensei on a Thursday afternoon after he quickly responded to a last-minute request for an appointment
I had sent the day before. He led me up to his music room and we got started immediately. My Japanese is terrible but luckily
he speaks great English and was able to instruct me the whole time that way.

He showed me how to play the shamisen first, which comprised most of the lesson.
We spent about 40 minutes on the shamisen and 20 or 30 on the koto. We played a little bit together,
he watched my technique a little bit, and he would occasionally show me something really cool that advanced players could do.
We went through about three different songs on the shamisen.

Then, he showed me the koto, which is just gorgeous in person and sounds incredible even when a beginner plays.
We went through about two or three songs, all of which were beautiful. I was very impressed with both his playing and patience.
Overall he was a great teacher and obviously a very talented musician.

Disclaimer: I've played guitar for 8 years or so and play a few other instruments,
usually playing a little bit of something every day, so this might not be as much fun if you have zero experience playing music--
it just may not be enough time if you've never picked up an instrument . If you have any musical inclinations whatsoever though,
I would highly recommend this, I had an absolute blast. This activity is a must-do for any musician wishing to
experience some amazing cultural exchange while in Japan.


Kozan was a very kind teacher and made leading to play easy and fun.
Shamisen has a beautiful sound! I'm very happy to have had a chance to learn more about it! Thank you!!!


What's the Shamisen strings made of?

The first big string is made of silk, the second middle one is made of silk or nylon, the 3rd small string is made of nlylon.

The yellow color is traces of including tarmelic as preservatives

Now we have black , red blue ones.

of Tsugaru
to Kouzan Oyama

 Bekko Bachi shop Kaihodo


Caribbean Bekko is flexible,
Nanjing one has good pattaern.
cheapest one 55000 yen?

Faux Bekko is called Neo Bekko, Kaihodo made it first in Shamisen world



Tsugaru Shamisen's neck is made from Karin or Kouki. Karin means leguminous plants. Formerly they
are obtained in Thai, Laos, and Myanmar in Asia.
But now we can't get them because they were obtained too much.
So they changed into African Karin. African Karin grows
in West African Mountainous area African Karin is leguminous plants,
so it's exactly Karin. Other manufactures uses the materials
called Tibetan Karin and Malaysian Karin, But they are not leguminous plants.

With what do shamisenstrings hook?

Tsugaru Shamisem strings hook with Neo, which is thread. When it is untied, it's very long thread. Nowadays there is plastic Neo, called Hard Neo.