[Heike Biwa (Heikyoku)]

Heike Biwa is a type of music that tells about the "Heike Monogatari", the story about the prosperity and downfall of the Heike family, accompanied by the biwa. It is also called "heikyoku", and it was established around the beginning of the Kamakura period. The story told by a blind monk who was a biwa-playing mistrel became well known among the common people.


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.