Japanese vocal music is based on
the intervals of human breathing
rather than mathematical timing
Japanese musicians show their
spiritual self-mastery in mastering his
or her instrument more than simply
perfecting a technique
They give value to their
performance and composure.
HOGAKU – traditional music based on
the early Chinese and Buddhist music.
SHIMYO – chants made on religious
hymns created by Buddhists.
YO-SEN – hard mode
IN-SEN – soft mode
(Each has 7 tones but only 5 are used)
It means Japanese Pop.
Musical genre that started in 1990s.
Even if the youth get interested with pop
and rock music, they still perform their
traditional music especially the festival
and folk music, epic singing, percussion
instruments and Theatrical plays.
Instrumental music of Japan
Traditional Japanese music is
basically meditative in character.
Performance is highly ritualized,
as much in the music itself, as in
the composure of the musicians
when performing it.
Japanese chamber and solo
music have a slow meditative pace.
The performance of Japanese music
has traditionally been of a spiritual
character, similarly to martial arts and
other forms of art such as the tea
ceremony and calligraphy.
It is usually about religious festivals,
work, dance, love, and regional songs.
THE GAGAKU ORCHESTRA
Provides instrumental performances
as well as accompanying music for
Consists of wind, strings and
It is a small drum
whose both ends
are covered with
It is played using
It is a shoulder
hand drum used
in the Noh play.
It is has a short
but wide body.
It is suspended.
It is played by
It is a
zither with 13
is a long necked
It has 3 string with
Its major function is
to accompany singers
of geishas and kabuki
It is a lute pear-
with 4 and 5 strings
and frets made from
It is used to
It is an end-blown
five finger hole flute
used to accompany
It is a short
reed pipe with 9