Inspired by the true story of the goze Haru Kobayashi, Shamisen traces the journey of a blind wandering musician and explores the fundamental meaning of life. Here, Guilherme Petreca and Tiago Minamisawa offer an undeniably beautiful work at the crossroads of the arts, somewhere between a fantastic tale and a philosophical stroll.


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Japan, XXth century. Haru, a wandering musician who plays the shamisen – a traditional Japanese instrument – becomes famous because of the way her art and the beauty of her singing touch the local people's hearts. During her travels, she manages to charm a kappa, one of Japan's most famous yōkai, who gives her the key to the divine dimension. When she takes to the road again, Haru goes on to meet the emblematic protagonists of Japanese mythology and folklore.

This tale – directly inspired by the life of the famous goze Haru Kobayashi (1900–2005) – delves into the themes of beauty and freedom through art, as well as the power of folk music in shaping Japanese cultural identity.

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Author(s)Guilherme Petreca, Tiago Minamisawa
Number of Pages160
Release Date14/04/23
LanguageFrench version
Ankama Editions UniverseGraphic novel
Dimensions20 x 28 cm
Type of bookGraphic Novel
Ankama Editions seriesShamisen
Complete editions, one shotOne shot


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