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  • Post established: 1710, King Shô Eki
  • Other Names: 三弦主取 sangen nushidori
  • Japanese: 三線打 (sanshin uchi)

The sanshin-uchi or sangen nushidori was a Ryukyuan official post which oversaw the construction of high quality sanshin (a three-stringed musical instrument related to the Japanese shamisen). The post was created by King Shô Eki in 1710 and came under the umbrella of the kaizuri bugyô-sho, which oversaw lacquerwares and other craft products. The first person to hold the post was named Chinen.[1]


  • Thompson, Robin. "The Sanshin and its Place in Okinawan Music." Okinawa bijutsu zenshû 沖縄美術全集. vol. 5. p. i.
  1. Liao Zhenpei 廖真珮, "Ryûkyû kyûtei ni okeru Chûgoku kei ongaku no ensô to denshô" 琉球宮廷における中国系音楽の演奏と伝承, in Uzagaku no fukugen ni mukete 御座楽の復元に向けて, Naha, Okinawa: Uzagaku fukugen ensô kenkyûkai 御座楽復元演奏研究会 (2007), 88, citing Kyûyô, vol. 9, item 658.
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