[Ryukyu classical music]

While the shamisen has had a major influence on Japanese music, the musical instrument from which it originated is said to have come from China to Japan via Ryukyu, that is, through present-day Okinawa. This instrument evolved independently in Okinawa and became the sanshin. "Ryukyu classical music" is the court music cultivated during the Ryukyu Dynasty, and sanshin music has also been passed down as "uta-sanshin".


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.