Three shades of Gagaku

Buddhist chanting may be the most ancient form of Japanese music, but Japanese court music, known as gagaku, is well over a thousand years old.A full gagaku performance encompasses three forms of art — Kuniburi no Utamai, featuring ancient Japanese songs played on harp and flute, instrumental performances that accompany Japanese dance, and Utamono, danced to folk songs from Japan and sung Chinese poems. Let’s watch this video of Japanese court music in action.