Music from Okinawa, Japan

Presentation abstract:

  • Outline for Music from Okinawa / the new gate way to Japanese music market
  • Okinawa is located between mainland Japan and Taiwan. We have so unique music and culture. “Music from Okinawa” is introducing our music to overseas and building an Asian music network from our island.
  • In this pitch ,I’d like to introduce our music situation and our usual activities, including managing venue, music festival,international music conference and music label.

Okinawa, Japan

We would like to introduce the music of contemporary Okinawa.

The islands of Okinawa (Ryukyu), spread out between the Japanese mainland and Taiwan, have many types of rich and colorful music. The “sanshin”, a three-stringed instrument introduced from China in the 14th century; the “Ryukyu scale”, a music scale similar to that of Indonesia…Okinawan music has a level of originality not seen in other places.

While rooted in native traditions, Okinawan music has also been influenced by Japan, China, and other Asian countries. After World War II, Okinawan music was influenced by the occupying USA. Hawaii and South America, popular destinations for emigrants from Okinawa, also had an influence. All these factors combined to make Okinawan music develop in an extremely unique way, from a worldwide perspective.


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