The plucking of the strings and singing of songs passed down can be heard coming from Jikoen on Wednesday nights. Â The sanshin group that started out at Norman’s house has outgrown his Manoa home and has found a new one at Jikoen, offering classes to anyone interested, from beginners to the advanced. Â Beginners meet at 630-730pm, and the advanced class follows.
Some participants have brought their family sanshin that have been passed down from their grandparents. Â A few have even been left in cases or closets until members decided it was time to learn what their ancestors did. Â This has brought back life to the once unused and forgotten family sanshin, and the plucking of its strings bring back the voice of this instrument that is a symbol of Okinawan life and culture. Â
The mixing of ages in the class brings exchange and sharing that erases any generation gap as everyone plays and helps each other. Â The calm encouragement by Norman sensei and the advanced members makes the beginners feel at ease and less stressed.