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Sanbyoshi Sorou

  • Today I will talk about the Japanese term “sanbyoshi sorou.”


    The literal meanings is “three beats get together,” and it means that three or all necessary conditions are equipped.

    In Nou music, a traditional Japanese art, three percussion instruments are used — kozutsumi (small hand drum), ookawa (knee drum), and taiko (stick drum).

    When beats by these instruments get together, a good harmonious performance is given, so this term was born.

    For example, if you use this term for a baseball player, it will mean that the player has three excellent abilities — running, batting, and defence.

    This word is often used as good meanings, but you can use it to mean bad elements, such as drinking, gambling, and trafficking women.

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