My dear, the young man bade her, fetch hither your samisen and let me hear you sing.
While he feasted ten little goldfish danced, and just behind the goldfish ten carp made sweet music on the koto and samisen.
The street of the geisha is full of music, for they play the samisen there all day long.
One morning Sawaichi got out his samisen, and striking some chords, began to play.
The guests sit in a body off the arena, where the dancer steps out; the samisen player tunes the instrument on one side.
The samisen may not afford music, but it can give expression to the emotional in feeling.
And you could not play the samisen because I was in your arms.
One took her samisen and sang; and people crowded into the tiny yard to hear.
She played the samisen, the kotto, the biwa, and the small hand-drum.
The samisen is capable of giving out both the mellow notes of the guitar and the sharp tone-sprays of the banjo.
Japanese three-stringed instrument, 1610s, from Chinese san-hsien, literally "three-strings," from san "three" + hsien "string."