Shinnai is a kind of traditional japanese music developed in the Edo period(1603乣1876),and means in fact plaintive narrative songs sung accompanied by shamisen,a traditional Japanese three-stringed banjo-like instrument.

The timbre of the Shinnai Shamisen is very delicate and lyric.

The theme of Shinnai is mainly a tragic love story between a courtesan named oiran and her lover.

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