For those of you who follow the psaltery players in Japan, Nozomi Nose (a very experienced psaltery player) has a new Youtube account for loading some of her own videos.  The first 4 videos are from Nozomi-san's class that she has been teaching.  The last video (荒城の月 滝廉太郎) includes Nozomi-san and Tainaka-san with Tainaka-san playing the banjo and providing the vocals.  The banjo and psaltery sound great together. 


The third song (叱られて 弘田竜太郎) is about two little children (perhaps sisters) who were working as servants.  Their master told them harshly to sit the baby and run errands.  The song was composed in the 1920’s.  At that time many children from poor family became servants of richer families. 


The fourth song (川の流れのように 美空ひばり) was sung by Hibari Misora, one of the most popular singers in Japan who passed away about 30 years ago.  The title would be Like the Flow of A River when translated into English. 



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I follow Nozomi on YouTube as well Dave and a couple other Japanese Psaltrists. They are richly talented and dedicated to playing. I wish there was some way to get together with players from all over the world.

I tried to suggest that she come join us here, though I know the language is a problem. I won't give up though.


What is the instrument played by the people on the video? The very big ones? Where can I find out about them: size, number of strings, size of strings, ??

I appreciate your help.

Bill Yoder


Nozomi-san will be able to respond to your questions.  Makoto Kato makes the psalteries in these videos.  The link to the psaltery site in Japan is

Makoto-san also has an account on this site.

Nozomi-san is very good with English translation.



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