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Maiko Momotaro in a Dove Pattern Kimono 1922 The Dove has a long history in Japanese myths and legends and is considered the embodiment of the guardian god of battles, who protects the people of Japan from war.
The shamisen is a three-stringed Japanese musical instrument. It can be played solo or with other shamisen, in ensembles with other Japanese instruments, with singing such as nagauta, or as an accompaniment to drama, notably kabuki and bunraku. Both men and women traditionally played the shamisen.