Cymbals are believed to have been introduced to Japan from China via India with Buddhism, as they were mainly used in Buddhist ceremonial music. The use of cymbals was later widely adopted by the populace in kagura dances and ritual music.
The name “chanpon” is assumed to have derived from the sound it makes. Depending on the region, the instrument is also called chappa, chakkariko, tebiragane, tebyoshi, and doboyshi among others.
Cymbals as used in Buddhist services are called dohyoshi 銅拍子 or nyobachi 鐃鈸.
Use within Tenrikyo
Chanpon are played on the upbeat (ura-byoshi) and are one of the instruments played during the daily services.
The cymbals resonate better when struck slightly off center.
- Unless noted, most of the information on this page comes from 『改訂 天理教事典』Kaitei Tenrikyo jiten, pp. 542–3.
- “Practice Manual for the Cymbals” in Mikagura-uta Chanpon.