Japan. Japan. Traditional Japanese music has been written down. Popular music in Japan comes and goes. It is not permanent. Essay. Shakuhachi – bamboo flute – Samurai/Zen Buddhist Koto – 13-stringed zither – palace Shamisen – 3 stringed lute – geisha. Shakuhachi Master, Yoshio Kurahashi
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Shakuhachi Master,Yoshio Kurahashi
Shaku = 30 cm
Hachi = 24 cm
Or 21 ½ inches.Shakuhachi
Gained popularity in Tokugawa era.
Merchant class after 1868Koto
The temple town Kikata
A woman selling flowers
She doesn’t sell them
But enjoys them herself instead
On a high mountain
A cherry blossom tree at a mansion
Has seven branches
And blossoms abundantlyNikata-bushi
“Song of the Lazy Man”
Heterophony – two versions of the same melody at the same time.
The lazy man rides a horse and it begins to run and won’t stop.
A child enjoys this, asking, “Hey, where are you going?”
“If you want to know where I’m going, better ask the horse!”Nonki Bushi