"Shomyo" or the musical chanting that accompanies Buddhist ceremonies, arrived along with the introduction of Buddhism to Japan. There were chants sung as they were in the original foreign language, and later others were created with Japanese lyrics. It had an influence on a variety of later music, such as Heike Biwa and Yokyoku.


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.