Okinawa Music


“Aroma of Plum” , Okinawa Folk song
Words and music by Katoku Arakawa

sung by Yuki Tanabe

Yuki Tanabe

The Okinawa music is a generic name of the music, which is born, grew up and established their unique culture in Ryukyu kingdom, Okinawa prefecture.

There are a variety of genre, for example, traditional music, classical music, performance, comedy, folk music, songs and ballads, popular song and nursery rhyme.

Most popular music festival is a Eisa. Also Okinawa’s lullaby and  a Kachāshī are famous.
eisa dancing
A category of the music is unclear between the folk music and popular song.

So, excluding classic one, the music is often categorised as genre of the pop music
in Japan recently.

It has the funny feature that the new song, which names as the traditional folk song even new one, is being made newly everyday.
eisa fest at park
Okinawa had been a independent kingdom until 19th century and even after the World War Two, the place had been isolated from the main island. The music in Okinawa has been established as their own style. The new popular music are a base from the folk music.

Also, American rock music influenced the music a lot. In the result, those show a lot of different music from main island’s .
traditional festival at Okinawa
It keeps continuing unique strong style and been expanding widely.

There are information of other areas 
Legend of the Aka Beko, Red Cow
History of Kokeshi Doll
Japanese Tea
Zao in Yamagata
Cherry Blossom Viewing in Tokyo 

image from
Yuki Tanabe


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