Japan Holds Record for Largest Ukulele Ensemble

A new world record for the largest ukulele ensemble has been set in Japan.

More than 2,000 strummers gathered in Yokohama, Japans second-largest city, to trump the previous record set in Sweden.

The group were watched by Guinness World Records officials, the AFP news agency said, and played a song written by a Hawaii-born ex sumo wrestler.

They set the record during Japans Ukulele Picnic Week.

The diminutive guitar-shaped instrument originated from Hawaii, where it is also synonymous with hula dancing.

The previous record was set in August last year by 1,547 uke-wielding Swedes in Helsingborg.