Shinji Takahashi is perhaps one of the best luthiers making ukuleles in Japan and this album is a fine indication of the type of work he does. He sells his instruments under the Seilen brand name and while not cheap, they are exquisite!
Notice the craftsmanship.
Notice the wood. Shinji’s FB posts are as often about the wood he finds as much as they are about the instruments he makes.
Japan may just be the center of high end ukulele luthierie. I hope Shinji will take the next steps and make high-def sound recordings of the wonderful instruments he makes and improve the international distribution of his wonderful products.
I'm an amateur ukulele player who happens to be fluent in Japanese. I hope that I can inspire you to learn more about the ukulele, Japan, or better yet, BOTH!