Japanese Folk Songs

Western music has had a sizable variety of influences ranging from China, Korea and even the West. Rich and distinctive in nature it places large focus on pentatonic, monophonic and non-harmonic styles of music. Japanese people traditional folk singers can be found throughout the country, playing several varieties of folk music and traditional music. While Japan may have a culturally wealthy heritage of folk music, it is rather complicated and interweaved because of small regional says. children’s songs

Min’yM or Japanese folks songs are categorized into four main categories: work songs, religious songs, kid’s songs known as warabe uta and songs being sung when communities gather on different occasions such as festivals, weddings, funerals and others. Japanese folk performers are often combined with the three-stringed lute called the Shamisen, the hands drum Tsuzumi, the Taiko drums and the Shinobue also known as a bamboo flute. Today Japan’s Enka singers perform traditional folk songs with modern instruments like electric various guitars along with traditional devices. 

Common Min’yM phrases such as bushi, bon uta, ondo, are usually spoken. That they consist of different sounds and can commonly be heard at many Obon festivals. From unique songs to distinct swing characteristics, Japanese folk songs are still an integral part of Japanese children’s program in school. Japanese folks songs are still typically passed on from one generation to the next. Common Japanese folk music that can be taught to children of any culture include the counting song, the moon and the bunny and the turtle.

One more popular folk song is the flower straw-hat track known as the Hanagasa Ondo played at group gatherings called Hanagasa Odori. Movements of this typical swing ondo rhythm are typically for females, but men are also encouraged to join in. However move steps may vary for every single sex. Sakura also known as Sakura elaborates on the season of springtime. Sung at many international gatherings as a music representing Japan, “Blooming Cherry wood Blossoms” has had many renditions but Michio Miyagi’s interpretation is often viewed as the best of them all. In 1976, Cat Stevens used the melody of Sakura in the live version of ‘Hard Headed Woman’.

Japanese people folk songs ideally surfaced from villages and small towns and were made famous by people surviving in towns aiming to retain some of their culture. Today many folk songs have recently been commercialized and redone many times making them highly not the same as the original which were once sung in several regions of Japan. But these traditions are being sustained and continued generally due to the work of the musicians’ guilds and due to various folk traditions throughout the country.