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Yumi Kagura

SHIGEO TANAKA

Yumi Kagura

Ref: FSD7016


Price: 19.99

Yumi Kagura is a old form of kagura - music and dance for the gods. Shigeo Tanaka was a master of the yumi, a kind of bow that aside to firing arrows is a single string percussion instrument. Takusa Saimon based on the myth 'Amo no Iwato' is a mesmeric piece of music deeply rooted in tradition, with the yumi and Tanaka's vocals accompanied by flute and metal percussion. The CD bonus track Inagahachiman Jinja Yumi Kagura Hono was recorded in 2016 by Shigeo Tanaka's daughter, Ritsuko. Comes with English liner notes in 24 page booklet.

1. Takusa Saimon 2.Inagahachiman Jinja Yumi Kagura Hono



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Japanese Musical Instruments - Koto / Shakuhachi (2 CDs)

Japanese Musical Instruments - Koto / Shakuhachi (2 CDs)

Ref: FSD6809


Price: 19.99

First in a series that highlights Japanese traditional music instruments. Volume 1 is of Koto (CD1) and Shakuhachi (CD2). Some of the greatest tunes performed by some of the greatest musicians. Includes contemporary and traditional pieces, displaying the diversity of these two instruments. Comes with English notes.

CD1 - Koto

1. Toshiko Yonekawa / Rokudan-no-shirabe 2. Megumi Yonekawa / Chidori-no-kyoku 3. Kisaku Katada / Midare 4. Hiroe Yonekawa / Yachiyojishi 5. Columbia Orchestra / Aki-no-kotonoha 6.Kiyomi Ishigaki / Kagero 7. Masako Kawamura / Raden 8. Tadao Sawai / Hotaru 9. Hiroe Yonekawa / Umi-tayutou- 10. Guit / Nagi 11. Toshikawa Yonekawa / Les Feuilles Mortes

CD2- Shakuhachi

1. Kyotaku Fukeshutaniha / Suizen : Kokuh 2. Goro Yamaguchi / Sokaku-reibo 3. Goro Yamaguchi/ Shika-no-tone 4. Hozan Yamamoto /Tsuru-no-sugomori 5. Katsuya Yokoyama / November Steps No.10 6. Kido Watanabe / Kariboshikiriuta 7. Tansui Kikuchi / Nanbu-ushioiuta 8. Shakuhachi Solisten / Moonlight Serenade 9. Kifu Mitsuhachi / Summer Time


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Japanese Musical Instruments - Shamisen / Tsugaru Shamisen (2 CDs)

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Japanese Musical Instruments - Shamisen / Tsugaru Shamisen (2 CDs)

Ref: FSD6808


Price: 19.99

Second volume of Japanese musical instruments focuses on the shamisen. CD1 is of various shamisen traditions including from Kabuki and Bunraku. CD2 is of Tsugaru Shamisen from Aomori in northern Japan. Comes with English notes.

CD1

1. Isoshichi Yoshimura / Kabuki-Danmari 2. Kikujiro Okayasu / Ozatsuma 3. Kikujiro Okayasu /Matsuri 4. Kikujiro Okayasu /Mushi 5. Isoshichi Yoshimura / Kanjincho 6. Hirokazu Sugiura / Echigojishi 7. Hirokazu Sugiura /Genroku Hanamiodori 8. Kitsunebi 9. Kikusanwa Fujimatsu / Rancho 10. Seiji Tsurusawa / Yuki 11. Katsuji Sawada / Tsugaru-jongarabushi 12. Columbia Orchestra / Fukagawabushi 13. Makino Saburo / Hanafu

CD2

1. Katsuji Sawada / Tsugaru-jongarabushi 2. Shoei Kidarin / Tsugaru-yosarebushi 3. Shoei Kidarin / Tsugaru-jongarabushi 4. Chisato Yamada / Tsugaru-jongara 5. Yujiro Takahashi / Tsugaru-jongarabushi 6. Yuji Hasegawa / Tsugaru-aiyabushi 7. Katsuaki Sawada / Tsugaru-sansagari 8. Kimio Sugawara / Tsugaru-oharabushi 9. Takashi Sasaki / Tsugaru-aiyabushi 10. Junichi Fujita / Tsugaru-oharabushi 11. Hajime Ishikawa / Tsugaru-jongarabushi 12. Chikudo Takahashi /Tsugaru-shamisen-kyokubiki


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Japanese Musical Instruments -Taiko/Matsuri-Bayashi (Festival Hayashi Ensemble)  (2 CDs)

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Japanese Musical Instruments -Taiko/Matsuri-Bayashi (Festival Hayashi Ensemble) (2 CDs)

Ref: FSD6807


Price: 19.99

Third in the series highlighting Japan's musical instruments. Comes with English translation of the liner notes. CD1 focuses on taiko (drumming) traditions from all over Japan from Sado island (home of Kodo) to the eisa drumming groups of Okinawa. Features the best local taiko groups from each area. CD2 features the musical ensembles who perform at some of the most famous festivals, including Kagura (shinto dance).

CD1 - Taiko

1. Hokkai-daiko 2. Sado Nihomura Seinendan / Sado-no-ondeko 3. Gojinjo-daiko 4. Kandamyojin Masakado-daiko 5. Chichibu-daiko 6. Oguchi Daihachi to Gosuwadaiko / Osuwa-daiko 7. Tsushimamoko-daiko 8. Kokuragion-daiko 9. Okinawa Hirayashiki Seinekai / Eisa

CD2 - Matsuri Bayashi - Festival Hayashi Ensemble (performed by Matsumoto Gennosuke Members)

1. Yatai-bayashi 2. Shoden 3. Kamakura 4. Shichome 5. Yatai-bayashi 6. Ninba 7. Kagura-bayashi 8. Kanda-bayashim9. Jindai-kagura



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commmons : schola vol.14 Ryuichi Sakamoto Selections: Traditional Music in Japan (with 128 page booklet)

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commmons : schola vol.14 Ryuichi Sakamoto Selections: Traditional Music in Japan (with 128 page booklet)

Ref: FSD6716


Price: 59.99

Compiled by Ryuichi Sakamoto seventeen various traditional, roots and folk music from Japan such as Gagaku, Noh, Kyogen, Ningyo Joruri, Ainu music, Minyo, Kagura and other religious music. Comes with notes written by Yoshiko Kojima (in Japanese) one of the authorities on Japanese traditional music. Comes with 128 page booklet.

1. Kodo Uesugi (Ishibue) / Kodaibue no tameno Saishi Vol.3 Kishin Shoshin no Gi

2. Toroshino Kaizawa, Misa Kaizawa, Hagi Kaizawa, Iwa Kaizawa, Asano Kaizawa, Kayo Nitani, Yone Akita, Tsuya Mikami / Ainu Minyo Kamui Upopo

3. Hamada Kiichi I / Hokkaido Minyo Esashi Oiwake, Maeuta

4. Take Kagura Hozonkai / Iwate Take Kagura, Gokoku no Mai

5. Edo Kiyari Kenkyukai & Masagoro Yamaguchi / Edo Kiyari Edo Hikeshi Dehajime Shiki Kiyari, Donshome

6. Ecchu Owara Bushi Hozonkai / Hokuriku Minyo Ecchu Owara Bushi

7. Mamoru Nakase / Miyazaki Minyo Aki Bushi

8. Sadao China (vo,sanshin), Suekichi Matsuda (taiko), Yasuko Miyasato, Misako Koja, Yukino Hiyane (hayashi), Minako Miyazato (sanba) / Okinawa Minyo Ikei hanare Bushi, Tanchamae

9. Hososho Daihonzan Yakushiji Temple / Nara Yakushiji Temple Hanaeshiki no Shomyo

10. Gyoshun Ogawa / Mousou Biwa Chishinkyo

11. Reigakusha / Gagaku Kangen

12. Daigoro Fujita (fue), Nobuyoshi Ko (kotsuzumi), Haruo Yasufuku (ohtsuzumi), Souemon Konparu (taiko) / Nohgaku Bayashi Shishi

13. Koshijidayu Takemoto V (joruri), Kizaemon Nozawa II (shamisen) / Gidayu Bushi Meido no Hikyaku from 'Fuingiri no Dan'

14. Kinshi Tsuruta (Satsuma biwa Tsuruta Shcool) / Satsuma Biwa Honnouji

15. Fumon Kaido / Shakuhachi Honcho

16. Shin Miyashita (koto) / Sokyoku Mittsu no Dansho Vol.1, 3

17. Sukeyasu Shiba , Mami Tsunoda (ryuteki), Kei Yaoya, Hitomi Nakamura (hichiriki, oh-hichiriki), Mayumi Miyata, Ko Ishikawa (sho), Kazuko Takada (sangen, vo), Hiroe Yonekawa (koto, vo), Yumiko Tanaka (futozao shamisen), Kojun Arai, Koshin Ebihara (shomyo), Kishiko Suzumi (viola), Hiroshi Yamazaki, Makoto Yamamoto (holn), Toshi Kamiya, Hideki Yamashita (trombone), Sumire Yoshiwara, Toshiyuki Matsukura (percussions), Yuji Takahashi (computer) / Ongaku no Oshie, Fukyo Furai no Engi


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Tokyo no Oto

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Tokyo no Oto

Ref: FSD6506


Price: 14.99

Ever wondered what Tokyo sounded like 55 years ago? While the visual differences are obvious, the aural differences are all the more interesting. All recorded in 1959, the sounds of Tokyo train staion, music of a Geisha, bonfire festival, a festival at a shrine, a street festival, fish market, children playing on the streets, an early Jazz house in Asakusa. Many of these sounds have come to symbolise the sound of the Showa period. Originally released in 1959 as an LP record this CD is compiled from the original LP. Comes with a booklet including an essay by Asato Izumi and interesting photos of Tokyo in the Showa period taken by Takeo Akiyama.

1. Tokyo Station - Tokyo Yokosuka Line at 3 pm in the afternoon 2. Shoshun, Sawagi, Kappore - performed by a group of Geisha in Shibaura 3. Torino-ichi Market - at Otori Shirine in Asakusa 4. Kome Arai, Yon-chome, Nekojarashi - Yori performance at Suehiro-Tei in Asakusa 5. The bell of Kaneiji Temple - ring at 6 in the morinig at Kaneiji Temple in Ueno 6. Bonfire in Rogoku - Tokyo's biggest bonfire festival by the Sumida river in July 7. Matsuri Bayashi - from Kagura 8. Tsukiji Uo Ichiba - Selling tens of thousand of tuna at 5:50 in the morining at Tsukiji Fish Market 9. Shinuchi Nagashi - Street music played with shamisen traditionally late at night, this is recorded in a studio 10. Uchiwa Daiko - Taiko music from the festival at Ikegami Honganji Temple 11. The Orthodox Church in Tokyo - Sunday sevice and bell sound 12. Takesu - performed by Ching-dong 13. Komuso Shakuhachi - performed by Komuso 14. Ginza Clock Tower - At 5 in the afternoon, busiest time in Ginza 15. Yasuki Bushi - from Asakusa Mokuba-Kan, jazzy version of Yasuki Bushi 16. Charumela from Noodle Stand - Music played by shawm like instrument at noodle stands on the streets 17. Hyoshigi - Night street patrols play Hyoshigi to remind residents to turn off the gas before ging to bed 18. Fire at Midnight in Ginza - Accidentaly meet the fire in Ginza while recording this album in 1958 19. Tennen no Bi - Performed by Ginta band hired by a circus on the street of Asakusa 20. Nawa to Asobi, Momotaro-san, Oni Gokko - Children playing on the streets 21. Ochanomizu Station - The station used by largest number of students in Tokyo 22. Ichiban Daiko - Played to begin Sumon games in Ryogoku comes with cheering by audience when Yokozuna entered 23. Pop Pop Boat on The River Sumida - It started around 1880 24. Oedo Nihonbashi, Sakura Sakura - Played by a pipe organ at Mitsukoshi Department Store in Ginza



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Old Japan's Entertainment District (2 CDs)

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Old Japan's Entertainment District (2 CDs)

Ref: FSD6517


Price: 26.99

Collection of various songs associated with Asakusa in Tokyo, throughout the twentieth century the centre of Japanese entertainment. Songs are from the Meiji, Taisho and Showa periods, with some of the recordings, such as Asakusa Opera, very rare. 2 CDs.

CD1

1. Teikoku Ongaku Dan (Imperial Music Band) / Yogaku Tennen no Bi 2. Umebozu Honensai / Osakusa Okuyama Kenbutsu 3. Bansho Tachibanaya / Mukashi no Asakusa Okuyama Onajimi Tamanori Ichiza 4. Shiun Goto / Tokyo Bushi 5. Tenge Shokyokusai / Yoko Gaeri (Eshigo Jishi Kaeuta) 6. Hachiro Otsuga / Hula Diaboro 7. Kintaro Shimizu, Shizuko Shimizu, Kikuko Inoue, Koichi Otani / Pinafore 8. Rikizo Tagaya / Kojo no Kane 9. Shinsei Kabu Gekidan & Fumiko Ando, Eijiro Toyama 10. Nihonbashi - Maruko / Coroque 11. Yoshinosuke Watanabe (violin), Heikichi Takeuchi (piano) / Kojo no Tsuki 12. Teiichi Yanagida, Tokuko Fujino / Ougon no Kuni 1, 2 13. Sumako Akashi / Ginza Suzume 14. Nobuko Hara / Seville no Rihatsushi 15. Kikuko Inoue, Shizuko Shimizu, Kintaro Shimizu, Koichi Otani / Bun Taisho 16. Tokyo Kagekiza-in / Jogun Shussei 17. Yumeji Maruyama, Goro Fujimura, Yoshiro Satomi / Carmen 1, 2 18. Goro Fujimura, Yumeji Maruyama / Hottokinasai (Asakusa version)

CD2

1. Shorakuten Nishimura, Ichiro Sugiura / Omoide no Asakusa (Yuki no Alps Chaplin no Kento) 2. Seiha Nakamura, Raiyu Ikoma, Atsuomi Miyagawa, Tenrin Morita, Bairyu Suzuki / Omoide no Asakusa (Sarutobi Sasuke Manyu-ki) 3. Saburo Somei, Rakuten Nishimura / Omoide no Asakusa (Meikin) 4. Seiha Nakamura, Teruyo Hama, Shoichi Kofujita / Omoide no Asakusa (Onore ga Tsumi) 5. Ryutaro Nakane, Tsuyako Fujita, Nijiko Kiyokawa / Hanayome Gakko (Jo, Ge) 6. Ryokuha Furukawa, Kikuyo Amano / Sannin Fu-san 7. Teiichi Nimura, Kenichi Enomoto / Soto na Mondane 8. Gokuro Sogashuka Ichiza / America wa Kinshu-koku (Jo, Ge) 9. Takiko Mizunoe / Camarado no Uta (Tomodachi wa Yoimono) 10. Yoshio Kawata & Milk Brothers / Chikyu no Ue ni Asa ga Kuru 11. Sanksho Yanagiya / Shinkon Hakone no Kibun 1, 2 12. Kingoro Yanagiya / Asakusa Kenbutsu (Jo, Ge) 13. Junsaburo Ban / Utau Nito-hei 14.Shunji Sakai / Santo Teishu 15. Yoshiwara Geiko Renchu / Yoru no Yoshiwara - Shinuchi Tsuji Nagashi 16. Sadaichi Nimura, Kikuyo Amano / Asakusa Koshin-kyoku 17. Ichiro Fujiyama / Asakusa no Uta


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Wa no Nukumori - Autumn - Winter Collection

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Wa no Nukumori - Autumn - Winter Collection

Ref: FSD6158


Price: 22.99

Japanese lyrical songs with an autumn/winter connection played on Japanese traditional instruments. Listen to samples of the tracks.

1. Keiko Mutsumori / Leaves (koto) 2. Shakuhachi Zolisden / Akatombo (shakuhachi) 3. Toshiko Yonekawa, Yoshio Nakagawa, Kifu Mihashi / Mura Matsuri (koto, fue, shakuhachi) 4. Dozan Fujiwara / Momiji (shakuhachi) 5. Koto no Kai / Chiisai Aki Mitsuketa (koto) 6.Ijushichi Yoshimura / Mushi (shamisen) 7. Keiko Mutsumori / Kagayaki (koto) 8. Nihon Ongaku Shudan / Kaya no Kiyama (various Japanese instruments) 9. Toshiko Yonekawa & Columbia Orchestra / Aki no Koto no Ha (koto with orchestra) 10. Nihon Ongaku Shudan / Yuuyake Koyake (various Japanese instruments) 11. Toshiko Yonekawa / Kareha (koto) 12. Nihon Ongaku Shudan / Hamachidori (various Japanese instruments) 13. Koto no Kai / Ichi Gatsu Tsuitachi (koto) 14. Tadao Sawai & Tadao Sawai Ensemble / Fuyu no Yoru (koto) 15. Kinu no Kai / Yuki (koto) 16. Toshiko Yonekawa, Yoshio Nakagawa, Kifu Mihashi / Fuyu ('Winter' from Four Seasons) (koto, fue, shakuhachi) 17. Dozan Fujiwara / Pechika (shakuhachi)



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Saki Mitama Kushi Mitama (2 CDs)

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Saki Mitama Kushi Mitama (2 CDs)

Ref: FSD5971


Price: 29.99

Quite a project this one. Kisho Tosya is a yokobue (flute) player, who apart from being an acclaimed traditional musician, likes to push the boundaries by playing with DJ Kentaro among others. On this album Tosya has written the music, with lyrics by Takashi Matsumoto, once of the group Happy End, and one of the most celebrated lyricists of Japanese pop music. There are some readings too by Kabuki actor Somegoro Ichikawa and actress Mayumi Wakayama. The music though is the main thing, performed by several great traditional musicians such as Hozan Yamamoto and Eitetsu Hayashi and nagauta singer Tosei Kineya.

CD1

1. Kuni Zukuri 2. Ama Terasu Ookami to Susano-o 3. Ama no Iwayato 4. Yamata no Orochi

CD2

1. Inaba no Shiro-usagi 2. Ne no Kuni 3. Nunakawa Hime 4. Suseri Bime 5. Sakimitama Kushimitama



Music for the New Year - Nihon no Shinshun. Shogatsu no Ongaku - Haru no Umi

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Music for the New Year - Nihon no Shinshun. Shogatsu no Ongaku - Haru no Umi

Ref: FSD5861


Price: 21.99

Good album of traditional Japanese music that provides a soundtrack to the New Year celebrations. The most famous compositions heard at New Year by some of the traditioanl music world's most acclaimed musicians.

1. Tomoko Sunazaki, Dozan Fujiwara / Haru no Umi 2. Imperial Household Agency/ Etten Raku 3. Edozato Kagura Gennosuke Matsumoto Shachu / Kotobuki Jishi 4. Fumikichi Fujimoto / Ume nimo Haru / 5. Kuroda Bushi 6. Tadao Sawai / Soshunfu 7. Ume wa Saitaka 8. Rokudan 9. Koto Ensemble Kinu no Kai / Ichigatsu Tsuitachi


Hougaku Geinou Zenshuu (Japanese Music Collection) - 78s Archive (2 CDs)

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Hougaku Geinou Zenshuu (Japanese Music Collection) - 78s Archive (2 CDs)

Ref: FSD5706


Price: 37.99

Fascinating historical album of classical masterpirces from Nagauta, Tokiwazu, Gidayu, Shinuchi, Biwa, Shakuhachi , Sokyoku and Yokyoku recorded for Columbia between 1905 and 1926. Originally released as 78s, very rare recordings by legendary artists such as Ijuro Yoshimura VI, Rinchu Tokiwazu, Ohsumidayu Takemoto III, Toraemon Utasawa IV, Kinshin Nagata, Tozan Nakao I, and Keisho Imai. An insight into the Japan of 100 years ago.



Guide to Japanese Music 1 - Gagaku (2 CDs)

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Guide to Japanese Music 1 - Gagaku (2 CDs)

Ref: FSD5538


Price: 27.99

First in a series of CDs, acting as a guide to Japanese traditional music. This one introduces two styles of gagaku, or ancient court music; Torai Gakufu and Kuniburi Kayo performed by Tokyo Gakusho and Reigakusha.

CD 1;

Torai Gakufu (Kangen)

1. Hyojo Choshi 2. Etenraku Nokorigaku Sanpen 3. Bairo Torai Gakufu [Bugaku-kyoku] 4. Manzairaku 5. Karyobin no Kyu 6. Ran Ryoou 7. Taiheiraku no Kyu 8. Engiraku 9. Hassen no Kyu 10. Nasori no Kyu 11. Satoku no Kyu 12. Bairo no Ha

CD2;

Kuniburi Kayo (Shinji Kayo)

1. Ajime Saho 2. Senzai, Motouta, Sueuta 3. Asakura no Netori 4. Asakura 5. Sonokoma Sando Byoshi, Agebyoshi 6. Azuma-asobi Agebyoshi 7. Azuma-asobi Ichiuta 8. Kumeuta no Netori 9. Kumeuta Mairi Onjo Kuniburi Kayo (Eikyoku) 10. Kanshi 11. Harusugi 12. Koromogae 13. Mimasaka



Guide to Japanese Music 2 - Shomyo, Nohgaku, Sokyoku, Jiuta (2 CDs)

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Guide to Japanese Music 2 - Shomyo, Nohgaku, Sokyoku, Jiuta (2 CDs)

Ref: FSD5539


Price: 27.99

This CD focuses on shomyo [buddhist chants], nohgaku [music from Japan's dance drama], sokyoku [koto music] and jiuta [early shamisen music]

CD1;

Shomyo

1. Yuko Aoki Daisosho / Nehan Koshiki Heike Biwa 2. Koji Inokawa (Story Telling, Heike Biwa) Nohgaku 3. Motomasa Kanze / Kumano (Nohgaku) 4. Kiyokazu Kanze / Takasago (Dokugin) 5. Mansaku Nomura / Taue (Kyogen) 6. Mansaku Nomura / Nanatsugo (Kyogen) 7. Hatsuko Kikuhara / Ukibune (Sokyoku) 8. Seikin Tomiyama / Ryukyu-gumi (Shamisen)



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Guide to Japanese Music 3 - Gidayu, Kokyu, Nagauta, Tokiwazu (2 CDs)

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Guide to Japanese Music 3 - Gidayu, Kokyu, Nagauta, Tokiwazu (2 CDs)

Ref: FSD5540


Price: 27.99

CD 1 has Gidayu [narrative shamisen] from famous stories and kokyu [bowed lute] performances. CD2 has Nagauta [lyrical form of shamisen music] from popular Kabuki plays and Tokiwazu, another narrative shamisen style. Tracks 8 and 9 are from old 78 records.



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Guide to Japanese Music 4 - Kiyomoto, Shinuchi, Biwa, Hauta (2 CDs)

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Guide to Japanese Music 4 - Kiyomoto, Shinuchi, Biwa, Hauta (2 CDs)

Ref: FSD5541


Price: 27.99

CD 1 is of Kiyomoto [shamisen genre] shinuchi [master storyteller] koto and shakuhachi performances. CD 2 has biwa [Endan Biwa, Satsuma Biwa, Chikuzen Biwa] hauta [short shamisen songs]and other songs.



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Guide to Japanese Music 5 - Shakuhachi, Mingshin-Gaku, Yamato-Gaku, Gendai Kyoku (2 CDs)

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Guide to Japanese Music 5 - Shakuhachi, Mingshin-Gaku, Yamato-Gaku, Gendai Kyoku (2 CDs)

Ref: FSD5542


Price: 27.99

CD 1 has shakuhachi [Fukeshu or zen buddhist sect with shakuhachi players, Tozan school, Kinko schools], Mingshin-Gaku [Chinese music popular in Japan in late 19th century] Yamato-Gaku [20th century genre of shamisen music] Ginei [type of song] Rokyoku [narrative shamisen style] Minyo [local folk], Tsugaru Shamisen [shamisen style from northern Japan] and Hayashi [percussion ensemble] CD 2 has modern compositions for koto, shakuhachi and shamisen.



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Edo no Oto Fukei - Japan at the time of Chopin

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Edo no Oto Fukei - Japan at the time of Chopin

Ref: FSD5535


Price: 19.99

Album that links Japanese traditional music with European classical music, particuarly Chopin. Various Japanese music that was popular when Chopin was alive 200 years ago, the Edo period in Japan. The album starts with a Chopin Prelude and ends with a Chopin nocturne played on the koto. In between are tunes linked with nature such as rain, thunder, streams, waterfalls, insects, birds and frogs played on narimono percusssion, with styles incorporated from nagauta, gidayu and kabuki.

1. Prelude 2. Amaoto 3. Uchiwa Ame 4. Amaoto 5. Namioto - Namiuchigiwa 6. Namioto - Kawanami 7.Mizuoto <Actinic:Variable Name = 'Ogawa'/> 8. Takioto 9. Yukioto 10. Kazaoto 11. Mushi no Ne 12. Kotori 13. Kari 14. Crow 15. Uguisu [Japanese bush warbler] 16. Hototogisu [little cuckoo] 17. Niwatori <Actinic:Variable Name = 'hen'/> 18. Chidor <Actinic:Variable Name = 'plover'/> 19. Tobi <Actinic:Variable Name = 'kite'/> 20. Higurashi <Actinic:Variable Name = 'cicada'/> 21. Fukurou <Actinic:Variable Name = 'owl'/> 22. Kakkou <Actinic:Variable Name = 'cuckoo'/> 23.Kaeru <Actinic:Variable Name = 'flogs'/> 24. Akanbou <Actinic:Variable Name = 'Baby'/> 25. Akikaze no Kyoku 26. Nagauta Akiirodane 27. Gidayu - Yadoya no Dan from 'Ikiutsushi Asagao no Hanashi' 28. Ya no Ne [Nagauta Daisatsuma] 29. Echigojishi <Actinic:Variable Name = 'Nagauta'/> 30. Kanjincho <Actinic:Variable Name = 'Nagauta'/> 31. Shinobu Yoru Koi no Kusemono, Masakado <Actinic:Variable Name = 'Tokiwazu'/> 32. Hokushu Chitose Kotobuki, Hokushu <Actinic:Variable Name = 'Kiyomoto'/> 33. Dodoitsu 34. Shinbo Kodaiji 35. Suzugamori - Daimokuzuka no Ba 36. Mariuta <Actinic:Variable Name = 'sokyoku'/> 37. Kadozuke <Actinic:Variable Name = 'shakuhachi'/> 38. Ninba [ Edo no Matsuribayashi] 39.Noctune


Have a Big Bite of Japanese Kouta (2 CDs)

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Have a Big Bite of Japanese Kouta (2 CDs)

Ref: FSD5481


Price: 27.99

Compilation album of kouta - short songs, dating back to the Meiji period until recent times, sung by about 70 singers include Toyo Kasuga, Kocho Tade and Ichimaru. This is the type of music most commonly associated with geisha.



Kato Kiyomasa Den

TAKEHARU KUNIMOTO

Kato Kiyomasa Den

Ref: FSD5443


Price: 20.99

Rokyokyu storyteller and singer Takeharu Kunimoto plays shamisen and tells the story of the samurai lord and warrior, Kiyomasa Kato.

1. Kato Kiyomasa Den - Yokoto Gorou 2. Kato Kiyomasa Den - Nijoujou Kaiken 3.Kato Kiyomasa Den - Yokoto Gorou [karaoke] 4. Kato Kiyomasa Den - Nijoujou Kaiken [karaoke]


Rokusei Shokaku Kiwametsuki Juusanya (7 CDs)

SHOFUKUTEI SHOKAKU

Rokusei Shokaku Kiwametsuki Juusanya (7 CDs)

Ref: FSD5559


Price: 119.99

Introducing the best performances of Rakugo artist Shofukutei Shokaku VI who died in 1986, performing in 1979.



Sumo Jinku Legend

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Sumo Jinku Legend

Ref: FSD5311


Price: 29.99

Anyone who has watched Japan's national sport, sumo, will know it is filled with sounds and music. Before each bout, the yodibashi caller announces the names of the wreslers by singing their names. Jinku itself, is a kind of song about daily news filled wit and humour. This album includes a sumo jinku called 'Touchi Kyoukou' singing thanks and farewell to everyone at the end of 'senshuraku', the final and fifteenth day of a tournament. The 14 singers include current and ex Sumo wrestlers plus professional minyo singers. A fascinating insight into a fascinating world. Comes with English version of Touchi Kyoukou.

1. Sumo Jinku [Touchi Kyoukou, Atouta, Onagori] 2. Touchi Kyoukou 3. Sumo Oondo 4. Touchi Kyoukou English Version


Shiawase-ni - Wishing You

YASUKAZU KANO

Shiawase-ni - Wishing You

Ref: FSD5313


Price: 26.99

Yasukazu Kano started learning drums and joined the legendary taiko group Kodo in 1987. He toured the world with Kodo playing primarily shinobue - bamboo flute- for the next 10 years, turning solo in 1997 and continuing to live on Sado island. Kano's shinobue is accompanied by piano, guitar, tabla and other instruments.

1. Hizashi 2. Yukiwari-so 3. India 4. Shiawase-ni - Wishing You 5. Sora o Oyogu Kumo 6. Take ni Suzume 7. Hatsure 8. Hanabiyori 9. Nipponia Nippon 10. Toki no Mai


Omizutori Todaiji Shunie

SHOICHI OZAWA

Omizutori Todaiji Shunie

Ref: FSD5265


Price: 26.99

Shunie is the ceremony of water and fire that takes place in Nara's Todai-ji temple, also known as Omizutori. The ceremony is held from March 1st to 14th, its conclusion signalling the beginning of spring. Eleven priests pray for world peace and the prosperity of Japan. This ceremony has been practiced for over 1200 years.

1. Goirei, Hattsukan, Goikaji, Shihokaji 2. Wajiyosaijo 3. Niyoraipai, Hashirigotai, Shidaikozui, Raidaikozui, Dattan. 4. Goyashiokanju, Zensaho, Hattenkaji, Taimastsutenka, Taimatsukaji. 5.Dokyou 6.Nanboku Tenko 7.Kuyoumon 8.Nyoraibai 9.Sange 10.Shugan Daishugan 11.Shoumyou Keka 12.Hougou 13.Gotai 14.Hotsugan 15.Gobutsugyomyou 16.Daisange 17.Shousange 18. Hage Goyanoke 19.Shingyou 20.Gogyoudou 21.Ekoumon 22.Bikumoushi



Gion Shoja

ORCHESTRA ASIA JAPAN

Gion Shoja

Ref: FSD3736


Price: 26.99

Orchestra Asia Japan is an ensemble of some 30 musicians made up of the Japanese members of the even larger Orchestra Asia. They perform classic traditional material from the hogaku (traditional) gakaku (imperial) and even kabuki worlds on shakuhachi, koto, shakuhachi, biwa and various percussion but give the material a modern twist. 1. Gion Shoja 2. Kanjincho 3. Genroku Hanami Odori 4. Ettenraku 5. Kuzure 6. Nozakimura 7. Tsuru no Sugimori 8. Chidori no Kyoku 9. Sakura



Wagakki no Subete

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Wagakki no Subete

Ref: FSD3509


Price: 25.99

Compilation of all the major Japanese instruments and masterpieces. Artists include Toshiko Yonekawa, (koto), Kinsho Yoshioka (koto) Kunaicho Gakubu (gagaku) Masakazu Terai (nohkan) Katsuya Yokoyama (shakuhachi).



Nihon no Matsuri

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Nihon no Matsuri

Ref: FSD3501


Price: 25.99

Live recordings of some of Japan's most famous festivals. 17 tracks. Festivals include Orochon no Hi Matsuri, Aomori no Nebuta, Yokote no Kamakura, Kanda Matsuri, Chichibu no Yomatsuri.



Masterpieces of Japanese Traditional Music 100 (5 CDs)

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Masterpieces of Japanese Traditional Music 100 (5 CDs)

Ref: FSD3298


Price: 29.99

Excellent value 5 CD box set that includes all the major styles of Japanese traditional music and many of the great master musicians. CD1- Noh, CD2- Sokyoku (koto) CD3- Shakuhachi, Biwa, CD4- Nagauta, Joruri, CD5- Hauta, Kouta, Zokkyoku, Hayashi. Artists include Motomasu Kanze, Hideo Hosho, Mari Uehara and Tokiko Negishi.



Best Japanese Music 100 (6CDs)

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Best Japanese Music 100 (6CDs)

Ref: FSD3300


Price: 49.99

Another excellent value box set this one of 6 CDs covering all the major styles and instruments; jiuta, sokyokyu, shakuhachi, nagauta, Tokiwazu biwa, hauta, yokyoku, gagaku, kiyomoto. Artists include Seikin Toyama, Fumiko Yonekawa, Reibo Aoki, Motomasa Kanze, Hideki Togi.



Haru No Umi

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Haru No Umi

Ref: FSD1794


Price: 24.99

Haru no Umi (Spring Sea) is one of Japan's most famous classical tunes for koto. This CD features eight versions recorded from the 1940s, 50s and 70s, each with a different instrument playing with the koto. The opening fascinating version features the composer of the tune, and master of koto Michio Miyagi, with a French violinist recorded in the 1940s. Elsewhere the Bolivian quena, flute, shakuhachi as well as full orchestra are featured. The final track is the original version together with shakuhachi recorded in the 1940s. Wonderful.

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Have A Big Bite of Japanese Music

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Have A Big Bite of Japanese Music

Ref: FSD2211


Price: 32.99

Fantastic double CD of an introduction to Japanese traditional music. Just about everything is covered here. All the styles, from very ancient (jomon) stone whistles, gagaku (the oldest classical music in the world) shomyo (Buddhist chants) and noh. All the instruments, shakuhachi, koto, shamisen, biwa and kokyu. The music of Okinawa, the Ainu, urban and local. Traditional, modern, new recordings, archive recordings. Comes with informative English liner notes. A landmark release for those who want the definitive guide to Japanese traditional music.



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1903 Japanese First Recordings By Frederick Gaisberg

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1903 Japanese First Recordings By Frederick Gaisberg

Ref: FSD1513


Price: 23.99

Truly remarkable recordings of a lost Japan.Traditional instruments,(koto,shamisen, shakuhachi), Nagauta(songs), and original minyo (folk songs) from various areas of Japan. An important historical document, but equally an atmospheric CD of largely accesible music.

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Kokyoku No Ima (12 CDs)

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Kokyoku No Ima (12 CDs)

Ref: FSD3125


Price: 149.99

Definitive, groundbreaking collection of 12 CDs of Kokyoku, 'old pieces' originally performed during the Edo period (pre-1868) that have been preserved and still performed today. Following the arrival of Commodore Perry in 1853 under Western influence the new Meiji government was established in 1868 beginning the modern era or kindai. The Edo period is known as kinsei (pre-modernization) and what is called 'traditional' in Japan is generally something that originated during kinsei, before Meiji. Kokyoku is often associated with kabuki theatre although with the exception of Kato- bushi music used in the kabuki play Sukeroku and a few Ogie pieces, they are rarely used in kabuki today. Kokyoku are therefore nowadays almost exclusively performed in concert. The preserved pieces on these CDs are performed in almost the identical way they were during the Edo period, in the way of singing and shamisen playing, styles that have all but disappeared from kabuki. Each style has its own performers who specialize in that particular form. The styles represented on this box set are the four styles of Icchu-bushi, Ogie-bushi, Kato-bushi and Miyazono-bushi. The performers include Icchu Miyako, Otsuchu Miyako, Setsu Ogie, Chika Ogie, Setsuko Yamabiko, Chikako Yamabiko and Senroku Miyazono.



The Sounds of Japan

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The Sounds of Japan

Ref: FSD1399


Price: 22.99

Includes gagaku (ancient orchestral music), Noh (theatre), Tsugaru shamisen (lute) shakuhachi (flute) taiko drumming and even the drums that accompany sumo wrestling. Good for anyone wishing to discover the varied traditional instruments of Japan and comes with English liner notes.



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The Songs of Japan

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The Songs of Japan

Ref: FSD1398


Price: 22.99

Wide ranging compilation of traditional songs from throughout Japan, including shomyo (buddhist ceremony), noh (theatre) songs to accompany kabuki and bunraku theatre and minyo, folk music. English liner notes.



Kokyu

HAKUSHU KAWASE

Kokyu

Ref: FSD3186


Price: 24.99

Hakushu Kawase is one the top players of the kokyu, Japan's only bowed lute.It is often used in koto trios, indeed some players of koto can also play kokyu including Kawase. It has been used with two, three and four strings. It is played with a wide vibrato, its tone similar to other bowed stringed instruments in Asia, such as China and Vietnam. This CD features ten tunes from Japan, Mongolia, China, Vietnam and Indonesia.



Kizui (2 CDs)

KANEHIKO TOUGI

Kizui (2 CDs)

Ref: FSD1800


Price: 44.99

Double CD (clocking in at over 140 mins) of solo Hichiriki, (Gagaku flute) plus koto, other flutes such as the fue, sho, the lute instrument the biwa, and voices. Tougi and other featured musicians come from a long line of traditional music in their families, on an album of exquisite music. Gagaku, or court music, can sound rather eerie at first, but mesmorizing after a while. Classy packaging, and beautifully recorded. Gagaku has recently been hijacked by some into an easy listening melange of pop tumes, so it's good to hear the real thing.



Japanese Lyrical Songs on Fue

TAKARA YAMAZAEMON

Japanese Lyrical Songs on Fue

Ref: FSD1797


Price: 26.99

Traditional lullabies, children's songs, and other lyrical songs performed on the fue, the Japanese lute by a master of the tradition. Accompanied by biwa, koto, three other fue players and taiko drums. 15 tracks.



Japanese Lyrical Songs by Fue Vol.2 - Children's Songs

TAKARA YAMAZAEMON

Japanese Lyrical Songs by Fue Vol.2 - Children's Songs

Ref: FSD1796


Price: 26.99

Part two concentrates purely on children's songs. 23 tracks, beautifully recorded and performed.



Kishiwada Yagi Danjiri-matsuri (2 CDs)

NARIMONO JUSANKACHO SEINENDAN

Kishiwada Yagi Danjiri-matsuri (2 CDs)

Ref: FSD2588


Price: 44.99

Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri is one of the wildest festivals in Japan dating back around 300 years, with it's origins in offering prayers for a bountiful harvest. Men pull a huge portable shrine the 'danjiri' (4 meters high and weighing more than 4 tons) around town. Attached to the shrine is about 200 meters of rope which is pulled by between 500 and 1000 men at breakneck speed. The highlight of the festival is called "Yarimawashi", whereby the danjiri is pulled into a narrow alley, then immediately turned around a corner. An amazing spectacle. This extraordinary 2 CDset is a live recording of each of the main events of the festival. It manages to capture the electric atmosphere and comes with an extensive booklet (Japanese) with photos, maps and diagrams.



Rakugo in English

KIMIE OSHIMA, ASAKICHI KATSURA, IPPEI HAYASHIYA

Rakugo in English

Ref: FSD2759


Price: 23.99

Ever wondered what they are laughing about in traditional Japanese comedy? Now you can find out with a CD of rakugo or comic story telling, as this is in English! Rakugo dates back at least 400 years. The performer sits down or stands up surrounded by an audience, with whom he exchanges quips and interacts. The rakugo performer takes on several roles in a story, which often reflect 18th century Japanese culture and society. The monologue climaxes with a ochi (fall) or sage (lowering), whereby the wordplay is suddenly interrupted. This wonderful CD features three episodes, all told in English.



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