Kaizan Nitta

Kaizan Nitta was born on Okinoerabu Island, a remote island which is part of Kagoshima’s Amami archipelago. Just north of Okinawa, Okinoerabu is rooted in the Okinawan culture along with that of the other Ryukyu Islands.  Here he learned to play the sanshin, a stringed instrument local to the Okinawan and Amami islands, from Tomiyasu Okita.  In 2000, Kaizan became …

Hakusui Ogiyama

Since 2007, Hakusui Ogiyama has been studying Kinshin-ryu Satsuma Biwa under Osaka-based Kinshin-ryu biwa player Teisui Nakano.  Hakusui specializes in the heroic performance and narration of the Satsuma Biwa, which draws on Samurai traditions. In addition to traditional classical music, she also uses modern Japanese to tell all kinds of new stories. This is called “Otogi Biwa,”which she uses to …