Nitta Oyako is comprised of Hiroshi Nitta and his son, Masahiro, who are from Sapporo on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. They are masters of the shamisen, a banjo-like, long-necked instrument, which is enjoying renewed popularity in Japan and around the world because of its powerful rhythmic sound, a sound that blends easily with contemporary rock and jazz music.
Hiroshi Nitta made the decision to become a professional shamisen player when he was in high school and has now honed his talents for 35 years. He has won numerous awards and appeared on several national television programs in Japan. He also founded a new shamisen association – Kougenryu- to promote the shamisen.