Very simple and beautiful instrument from Okinawa.
It’s a combination of the smooth wooden neck and the body with python skin on the wooden structure .

It’s one of the most representative stuffs of Okinawa. The neck and the body can be made of local wood, but python skin must be imported since the era of  The kingdom of Ryukyu.
Behind its material and the history, You might find the cultural diversity in this tiny island.

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Photo by Taniguchi Masahiko