A huge standing drum from the South Pacific!
There is a lot of good food and drinks in Hamamatsu City, but there is also a lot of exceptional music!
With Kawai, Yamaha and Rolland all established in that city, more than half of all music instruments in Japan are made there!
It was no wonder that the City decided to open a Meuseum when it erected Act City and other buildings within walking distance of the Railway Station 15 years ago!
My favorite Japanese instrument, the biwa!
The City then proceeeded to amass a mind-bogling collection of more 1200 pieces on constant display out of more than 3000 in their vaults!
The collection truly covers the whole World and the entrance fee of 400 yen (for adults) is truly ridiculous!
Next time you travel or go out in Hamamatsu City take some time to immerse yourself in the biggest public musical instruments in the world!
The more for it when you realize that photography is allowed!
Here is a tiny selection of pictures I took the other day to which I intend to add regularly!
Hand-painted 19th Century US banjo!
Musical Sea shells!
A piano for the Sun King?
Or a piano for his favorite?
Historical routes of the mandoline!
Bagpipes from the Scots!
For a Carribean steel band!
They even have a collection of postage stamps on African Music Instruments on display!
Harps for the Celts!
Serpents/snakes from Europe!
Glasses are not always for drinking!
A full crystal glass musical instrument!
Some wind instruments are equipped with truly impressive mouths!
A somewhat frightening steel tongue plank from Africa!
impressive drums from the South Pacific!
Tam tams or boast?
A South East Asian triple xylophone decorated with carved silhouettes!
These feathers will certainly mark out the musician in a band!
I wonder if this peacock contributed its feathers to the precedent instrument?
Yamaha electric guitars from the early 60’s! True antiques for rockn’ rollers!
Make sure to visit the experimental room to try tyour own hand at music!
Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments/浜松市楽器博物館
430-7790 Hamamatsu City, Chuo Ku, Chuo, 3-9-1
Opening hours: 09:30~17:30
Closed on Mondays, 2nd & 4th Wednesdays. Open all throughout August.
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