In alphabetical order

[Chakuto - kuchishoga]

[kaDon Bayashi - western notation]

[kaDon Bayashi - kuchishoga]

[Kyoumei - kuchishoga]

[Miyake - kuchishoga + solo patterns and ending]

[Ogi Matsuri - kuchishoga]

[Together Alone Melody - western notation

[Together Alone Parts - western notation]

[Yatai Bayashi - kuchishoga]

[Yatai Bayashi Bukkiri - kuchishoga]

[Yatai Bayashi Tamaire - kuchishoga]

[Yatai Bayashi Tamaire - western notation]

[Yatai Bayashi Performance Form]

A Brief Overview Of Classical Music

The list includes a wide variety of folk dances, festivals, obon and other Japanese performing arts with a heavy bias for those that use taiko.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself while viewing these videos:

  1. What are the instruments being used? Can you identify them?
  2. How do each instruments sound individually and how do they sound collectively?
  3. What do you think the music is about?
  4. Where is the region where the music comes from and what is that region like?
  5. What is the role the taiko has in the overall performance? What makes it effective?
  6. What are the artifacts being used? (masks, costumes, fans, swords, mikoshi, yatai, sasara, etc.)

*This is taken from Kaoru sensei's post on Facebook.  Read the full version here!

Heian Period 794-1185


Heian Period (794–1185)
Gagaku: Etenraku

Muromachi Period (1336 to 1573)
Noh: Dojoji
Noh ensemble (just musicians)

Edo Period (1603 and 1868)
Kabuki: Musume Dojoji
Kabuki: Renjishi
Kabuki: Kanjincho
Kabuki: Sukeroku

Regional Folk Dance
Iwate: Kurokawa Sansa
Iwate: Iwasaki Onikenbai
Iwate: Shishiodori
Iwate:Otsugunai Kagura

Matsuri Festival
Saitama: Chichibu Yomatsuri
Saitama: Chichibu Yomatsuri (inside the yatai)
Osaka: Danjiri Matsuri
Osaka: Danjiri Matsuri (practice)
Osaka: Danjiri Matsuri (accidents!)
Tokyo: Miyake Island Festival Gozutennou Matsuri
Tokyo: Miyake Island Togan O-Matsuri (passing the Omikoshi)
Niigata: Sado Island- Iwakubi: Onidaiko (Ondeko)
Morioka: Tsugaru Akimatsuri Tozan Bayashi
Aomori: Nebuta Matsuri
Nagano: Onbashira (nothing to do with taiko but it's awesome)

Akita: Nishomonai (Yosedaiko)
Akita: Nishimonai
Sado: Ogi Okesa
Okinawa: Eisa
Tokyo Bon Odori

Folk Arts
Gojinjo Daiko