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Shovel players compete in music contest

December 6, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
About 120 musicians arrived with a variety of colorful shovels to face-off in a very unusual music contest held in Japan last weekend. Judges were searching for the best shovel player. Musicians were only allowed to play their shovel using a bottle opener or spoon.

The shovels appeared to be a Do-It-Yourself version of the shamisen, a traditional Japanese instrument similar to the lute.

There was no word about who won the contest.