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date: 21 April 2021


  • Henry Johnson


Gong of Japan. The face is usually flat, about 10 to 28 cm in diameter, with concentric grooves, and the rim is 3 to 6 cm deep, with three stub legs on which it rests. It is normally struck on the face with a large T-shaped beater. The term fusegane, which is especially Buddhist, refers both to the gong’s position when played and its material: fuse (lay down); gane/kane (metallophone). It is used in various contexts, including Buddhism, folk performing arts, and off-stage kabuki music. It resembles the atarigane and shōko, except that it rests on its legs. It is sometimes called by other names, including changiri, hiragane, hitotsugane, kane, kōshō, nenbutsugane, shōgo, and tatakigane.

A very small, geminate version of the fusegane is the matsumushi, also called kofusegane (small fusegane), a pair of gongs of different sizes and pitches, about 7 to 10 cm in diameter, with rims about 3 to 4 cm deep. It shares its name, because its sound is similar, with the pine-tree cricket, known for its bell-like call: ...

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