The hy?shigi () is a simple Japanesemusical instrument, consisting of two pieces of hardwood or bamboo often connected by a thin ornamental rope. The clappers are played together or on the floor to create a cracking sound. Sometimes they are struck slowly at first, then faster and faster.
Hy?shigi are used in traditional Japanese theaters, such as Kabuki and Bunraku theater, to announce the beginning of a performance. The kyogen-kata usually plays the hyoshigi at the start of comedic plays. It can be used to attract the attention of the audience by conductors for theater and even athletic and juggling performances.Hy?shigi are also used to stress confusion  and other dramatic moments  in the play.
It is also often used to signal the starting or the end of parts of festivals, especially in the directing of the mikoshi.
Hy?shigi is combined with other traditional Japanese instruments in mikagura-uta, or cycle of songs, which is characteristic of the Tenrikyoreligion.
The clapping instrument was also used in Kamishibai to gather children so that the Kamishibai man could sell candy and entertain them with his story.
The wooden percussion instrument was also used by night-watchmen when patrolling the streets.
^ abcBlades, James; Anderson, Robert. "Clappers". Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press.