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My name is Satoshi Hara of the banjo player of the Japanese.
I live in Yokohama Japan.
I am examining about banjo's being played first in Japan.
It was played by the ceremony when permitting American's entering Japan since 400 year national isolation in the times of SAMURAI first.
In 1854, a minstrel show was played in that ceremony which was done in the eve of the conclusion of the Treaty of Amity and Commerce between the United States of America and the Empire of Japan inYokohama Japan.
Then, it invited about 400 warriors of the Japanese into the Black Ship and an welcome party was opened.
The picture which was drawn then is kept in some of the Japan museums.
Also, the program which was played then existed in America.
I could find music in the program from the homepage in Library of Congress in America.
I held the reappearance concert of their music in Yokohama with several banjoists in Japan.
However, there is music not to understand yet.
I want the information on these music.
I hail from the central Delaware area, so I can travel to Philly or Baltimore or maybe Wash DC. Would like to start a slow jam in my area for old time music this spring. I'll post it when its up and running. Thanks for the welcome to the page!