Japanese Music: Traditional, Contemporary, and Soundtracks.

CATEGORY

DESCRIPTION

TRADITIONAL

These are traditional songs, sung in Japanese, played on Japanese instruments, and include the following styles:
ASOBIUTA The play song includes two styles, those traditionally sung by Geisha to entertain guests and Japanese traditional nursery songs sung to young children. Not to be confused with warabeuta which are sung by children. The traditional Geisha songs are the style played here.
BUSHI A type of Minyo or folk song local to the area it originated, usually played with a shamisen or sanshin. Songs will have Bushi in the title, such as Tsugaru Jongara Bushi. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bushi_(music)
GAGAKU The court music of Japan, first introduced in the 7th century. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gagaku
JORURI The traditional Shamisen story-telling music. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C5%8Druri
KABUKI The music of the Japanese Kabuki theatre. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kabuki
KOTO The national musical instrument of the Japan. The Koto has 13 strings suspended over adjustable frets along the length of 71 inch rounded soundbox. The music is performed by plucking the strings with three finger picks or plectra. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koto_(instrument)
MINYO The regional folk songs or work songs of Japan, these are sung while working or as entertainment. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Min%27y%C5%8D
NAGAUTA The music of the Shamisen, not related to story-telling. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nagauta
NOHGAKU The music of the Japanese Noh theatre. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noh
ONDO A type of Minyo using a 2/2 swung rhythm and local to the area it originated. Songs will have Ondo in the title, such as Tokyo Ondo. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ondo_(music)
ROKYOKU A type of traditional Japanese narrative singing, also known as naniwa-bushi, was often performed with a shamisen. This style of storytelling later became part of Japanese radio plays and movies. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=R%C5%8Dkyoku
SHAKUHACHI The music of the bamboo flute played by Buddhist monks and by other performers. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shakuhachi
SHAMISEN The music of a long necked three stringed instrument ending in a rounded or square hollow body covered with skin like a drumhead. In appearance, the shamisen resembles a banjo, having a longer thinner neck and three large tuning pegs at the top. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shamisen
SHIGIN The chanting or singing of poetry in Japanese. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shigin
SHOMYO The music of Buddhist chant. This is one category that is not sung in Japanese but in Pali or Maghadi, the language that was spoken by Guatama Buddha. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sh%C5%8Dmy%C5%8D
TAIKO The music of traditional Japanese drums or wa-daiko. In width, taiko range in size from a handspan across, to all the way up to the height of a man. The taiko are played by rythmically striking them using two thick wooden rods called bachi. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiko

SOUNDTRACK

These are soundtracks from Japanese movies, from movies by Japanese directors, or from movies about Japan.

CONTEMPORARY

These are performances by Japanese musicians. These include traditional Japanese pieces played with modern instruments as backup; Classical pieces by Japanese composers and performers; Enka pieces by the more traditional Japanese performers; Light Jazz pieces by Japanese composers and performers.

AMBIENT

These are the sounds of nature; wind, rain, sea, forest, birds, wildlife, and other ambient collections. This is provided as a background to the country province we reside in. This also provides a smooth transition from the contemporary music back to the traditional.
Anime and J-Pop We do not play Anime or J-Pop as there are many other stations that are devoted to those genre.