Welcome to the Sanshinkai website

London Okinawa Sanshinkai is a collection of people who are enthusiastic about Okinawan folk and classical music and traditional dance. Amongst the members are Okinawans, mainland Japanese and several other nationalities. Anyone of any nationality and musical ability is welcome to join.

Photo of sanshin players

Join our weekly practice of Okinawan songs and Eisa taiko dancing

When Saturdays
Time 3–6 pm
Where Room G52, SOAS, University of London, London WC1H 0XG. (Map)

We play and teach Okinawan folk and classical music and traditional dance using the sanshin (a 3-stringed lute), taiko (stick drums), samba (like a castanet) and sometimes other instruments like the koto and fue (flute). We gather on Saturdays of every month to practice and socialise, and organise several parties throughout the year where we play, sing, dance, eat Okinawan and Japanese cuisine and generally enjoy ourselves. We are often invited to provide entertainment at various events, allowing us to perform to a wider audience.

We generally practise on Saturdays of every month in room G52 at SOAS. However, our timetable and venue sometimes vary, so please contact us for the latest information and to request to be added to our mailing list.

Photo of Sanshinkai group