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OIST SANSHIN LESSON Spring Semester (April 6 ~ June 29)

Satsuki Agena

Satsuki- Sensei was born and raised in Okinawa. She began learning the Sanshin at the age of 8. At the age of 16, She joined the Ryukyu Classical Music Preservation Nomura Style Association, and began to study Ryukyu classical music. After graduating from a university in Okinawa, she went to Canada and realized how wonderful Okinawan culture is.When she returned from Canada, her Sanshin journey commenced with her artist name “sanshinista” in January 2019. With her Sanshin passed over from her grandfather and aunt, she seeks to share the fun and spread Okinawa's beautiful culture with OIST students. “Although my base is Ryukyu classical music, I always want to be open to new ways share the tradition, not just stick with preservation. I will be so happy if I can bring joy to many people through my work.”

沖縄で生まれ育ったさつき先生は、8歳から三線を習い始めました。16歳の時に野村流 古典音楽保存会に入会し、琉球古典音楽について学び始めました。沖縄県内の大学を卒業後はカナダへ留学し、沖縄の文化の素晴らしさを再認識します。2019年1月にカナダから帰国してからは、”サンシニスタ”という芸名で活動を始めました。さつき先生の三線は、祖父から叔母、そして彼女へ3世代で受け継がれたものです。沖縄の美しい文化をOIST学生と共有し、その楽しさを広めていきたいです。


Beginners Class

You will be able to play “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” in the first class!

In this class, you will be introduced to a brief history of Sanshin and basic skills like how to use a pick, how to hold the Sanshin, and how to read the notes. We will practice the first three songs below for a month to make friends with sanshin J Then gradually move onto Okinawan traditional songs/POP songs. In this class, you will be able to read notes and play:




  1. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star(きらきら星)
  2. Froggy song(カエルの歌)
  3. Orion Beer Song from BEGIN(オジー自慢のオリオンビール)
  4. Aha-bushi – Okinawan fork song(安波節)
  5. Asadoya-Yunta – Okinawan fork song(安里屋ユンタ)
  6. Shimanchunu Takara (Treasure of Islander) from BEGIN(島人の宝)

Intermediate/Advanced Class

This is a class for those can reads notes fluently. I take any requests, Okinawan folk songs, POPs, Ryukyuan Classical music, in this class. You will enjoy your favorite songs.


Example of requested songs|リクエスト曲の例:

・Nada soso(涙そうそう)

・Sanshin no Hana(三振の花)


・Songs for Eisa (Okinawan traditional drum dance) (エイサー曲)

・Onna-bushi (Ryukyuan classical song)(恩納節)


Let’s play sanshin together and make your Okinawan life more colorful!


Fee| 料金

The cost for Sanshin lesson are 1,500 JPY for each lesson.

Please pay the instructor in cash at the class each time.

All the participants ( 6 people ) can rent a sanshin per class.There is a 500 yen extra charge for renting the Sanshin per class.





Class Schedule|スケジュール

    Location of Class = Plumeria Lounge in the Gardens Housing
Month Day Class and Time
April 6,13,20,27 Beginner class: 6:00-7:00pm | Intermediate & Advanced Class: 7:15-8:15pm
May 11,18,25 Beginner class: 6:00-7:00pm | Intermediate & Advanced Class: 7:15-8:15pm
June 1,8,15,22,29  Beginner class: 6:00-7:00pm | Intermediate & Advanced Class: 7:15-8:15pm


*This is a class for 3 months from April 6th ~ June 29th

Once you register the class, you are registered for the period of time.  

*This registration will be closed after 3 lessons are done  (April 20th) since it will be hard to catch up.