Sokyoku is music where singing accompanies playing of the so-called "o-koto(Japanese harp)". In the early Edo era, Yatsuhashi Kengyo created sokyoku that became popular among the general public. It eventually interacted with the jiuta in Kamigata (the area around Kyoto and Osaka), and sokyoku with strong narratives was born in Edo.


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.