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  • David W. Hughes


Onomatopoeic general term for two classes of Japanese idiophone.

(1) The term ‘sasara’ alone usually refers to a scraper, known more specifically as surizasara (‘rubbed sasara’). A tube of bamboo (about 30 cm long) is cut longitudinally into strips for half its length and the strips of the resulting whisk-like device are either struck against an identical whisk or, more commonly, scraped at right angles along a notched wooden stick or serrated bamboo tube. This kind of ...

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