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  • Japanese: ちぢん, or 鼓 (chijin)

A chijin is a type of Okinawan hand drum, which appears in the Omoro sôshi and is believed to have been used in Ryûkyû since ancient times. It is still used today in certain folk dances, especially rural/agricultural women's circle dances such as ushideeku and shinugu.


  • "Chijin," Okinawa Compact Encyclopedia, Ryukyu Shimpo, 1 March 2003.