Portrait of Kakushin Nishihara

Kakushin Nishihara

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Kakushin Nishihara is a Tsuruta-style Satsuma biwa player and a collage artist. (The Satsuma biwa is a traditional Japanese lute.) She trained under the tutelage of biwa master Kinshi Tsuruta until her teacher’s death.

Kakushin is active not only within Japan, but also in Europe and Africa. Her musical activities span classical biwa performances, original pieces using noise, and collaborations with other instruments and genres such as contemporary art.