We were served by one of the owners, the charming and very hospitable Lucas, who explained that everything at Samisen
is homemade including all sauces and the desserts -- chocolate paradise, banana island coffee brulee or Asian brulee with orange zest.
One of the featurettes on the Memoirs of a Geisha 2-disc DVD captures Dalby patiently training actresses in the samisen
. Authors' acknowledgements in other English-language books on geisha regularly speak of Dalby's generosity as a consultant on their projects.
Others come directly from Japanese, such as Ryukyu, samisen
, shogun or Shorin ryu.
While the wrapping motif recurs throughout the novella as part of the narrative--nightingales in paneled cages or Sasuke practicing the samisen
in a dark closet, the most elaborated wrapping is seen in the relationship between the two protagonists and in the narrative itself.
The evening included Okinawan dance, samisen
guitar and a steak, sashimi and lobster dinner at Tea House of the August Moon, a historic location which was the inspiration for the Broadway play and 1956 movie of the same name starring Marlon Brando and Glenn Ford.
A single chanter depicts the voice of each puppet accompanied by three-stringed samisen
Amagasaki, who was born in Hakodate in Hokkaido, northern Japan, performs energetic dances accompanied by Tsugaru samisen
The arts learned by geishas include singing, dancing, playing a type of lute known as the samisen
and performing the tea ceremony.
"Shima Uta," his magnum opus thus far, borrows heavily from the traditional folk melodies of Okinawa, Japan's southernmost prefecture, and is performed with a shansin, an island variation of the Japanese samisen
The winter scene, accompanied by traditional music on the samisen
(a three-stringed instrument something like a banjo) adapted by Yujiro Takehashi, ends with Buddhist chants for the dead and the sound of a temple bell.
Japanese traditional puppet theater in which nearly life-size dolls act out a chanted dramatic narrative, called jo^Oruri, to the accompaniment of a small samisen
(or shamisen; three-stringed Japanese lute).
Helmer Stafford Arima keeps things moving deftly, with delicate Japanese influences brought in by Donyale Werle's sliding panels, the painterly emphasis in Howell Binkley's lighting, and hints of flute and samisen
in Lynne Shankel's orchestrations of Kuo's workmanlike but mostly unmemorable songs.