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Shinobue

Shinobue

The shinobue is a Japanese transverse flute played in a variety of musical genres, including in Noh and Kabuki theatre music as well as in more ritualistic Shinto music such as Kagura, as well as Japanese folk music.

There are two styles of shinobue: the Uta or 'song' and the Hayashi or 'festival'. The former is suited to solo and ensemble playing, while the latter is more appropriate for festival and folk music, being louder and higher pitched.

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Shakuhachi

Shakuhachi

The shakuhachi (尺八) is a Japanese end-blown flute. It is traditionally made of bamboo, but versions now exist in ABS and hardwoods. It was used by the monks of the Fuke school of Zen Buddhism in the practice of suizen (吹禅, 'blowing meditation').

The shakuhachi's soulful sound made it popular in 1980s pop music in the English-speaking world. It is often made in the minor pentatonic scale.

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Kagura

Kagura is a ceremonial art form linked with the Shinto religion. The origins of the dance form is traced back to the legendary tale about the sun Goddess, Amaterasu. According to legend, she retreated into a cave, bringing darkness and cold to the world. It is said that Ame-no-Uzume, the Goddess of dawn and revelry, led the other Gods in a wild dance and persuaded Amaterasu to emerge out of the cave. This one event gave birth to a number of ritual dance styles, Kagura being one of them.

Fusion music

Fusion music that combines two or more styles. The main characteristics of fusion genres are variations in tempo, rhythm, dynamics, style and tempo. 'Fusion' used alone often refers to jazz fusion, especially with world music.

Fusion music as a genre has broadened the definitions of jazz, rock, and pop music.

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