さんしん【三線】 : sanshin | define meaning
Region: Ryukyu (Okinawa), Honshu (Standard)
- A traditional Ryukyuan three-stringed musical instrument, typically covered in snakeskin and played with a plectrum. A sanshin.
The term さんしん【三線】 sanshin originates from an adaptation of the Chinese three-stringed instrument called the sānxián 【三弦】. The Okinawan sanshin also gave rise to the similar Japanese instrument, しゃみせん【三味線】 shamisen, sometimes called さみせん samisen.