Music of Japan Overview Region=East Asia Consists of 3,000 islands, capital=Tokyo Constitutional monarchy with prime minister History traces back to 660 BC Emperor Akihito Cultural Influences China (system of writing; music) India, Korea, China (religion: Buddhism)
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Arts important tool for spiritual development
Singing tonal quality=tense, narrow
Emphasis on melody, not harmony
Use of short motifs
Varied repetitionsTimbre and Melody