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date: 22 November 2019


  • Henry Johnson


Composite Japanese instrument consisting of two membranophones and one idiophone. The onomatopoeic term chindon, referring to the high (chin) and low (don) notes of the instrument, is related to the word chindonya, which denotes a group of street performers who help with advertising local businesses; ya means shop. The instruments that comprise the chindon are the hiradaiko (larger drum), shimedaiko (smaller drum), and atarigane (bowl metallophone). The instruments are attached to a wooden frame that is strapped to the front of the player’s body. The hiradaiko is double-headed and shallow-bodied with its heads nailed to the wooden body. It is attached to the frame with its heads perpendicular to the ground so that the player can strike either head. The atarigane is suspended from an inverted V-shaped frame above the hiradaiko and the player strikes the inside of the bowl with a long beater held in the right hand. The ...

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