The ancient music of Japan; the music which arrived from the Asian continent around the birth of the nation of Yamato; and the songs which were created in response to that influence; each of these became shaped as music that was performed at the Imperial court, and from this "gagaku" was born. Gagaku can be considered the oldest Japanese music that still exists to this day.


Handy guide! History of Japanese music
When you study Japanese traditional music, the first thing that will surprise you is the variety. This is due to the fact that the music created in various eras has not been lost but has been passed down to the present time and is still being performed, one of the major features of Japanese traditional music. Here, we introduce 9 of the most famous musical genres.