Traditional Japanese Folk Music

Joshua Solomon 2008 is a graduate student at The University of Chicago’s East Asian Literatures and Civilizations Program. After graduation from Ursinus, Solomon was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study the history of a Japanese instrument called a Tsugaru-jamisen. He describes it as, “a kind of three-stringed Japanese banjo.”On a recent visit to his friend and mentor, Dr. Matthew Mizenko, he performed on his own Tsugaru-jamisen. The song is called “Tsugaru Jonkara Shin-bushi,” which he says is the most popular and widely- performed song in the genre of traditional Japanese Folk Music.

Josh Solomon '08 with Professor Matthew Mizenko

Listen to Joshua Solomon’s amazing Bomberger Hall performance

Read more about his personal reflections on life and music in Japan in the fall issue of Ursinus Magazine.