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Japanese Classical Music “Gagaku”

Gagaku has a history of over 1200 years and has been highly appreciated as Japanese classical music and also as a world classical music in foreign countries.

Gagaku is a traditional Japanese ceremonial music and dance, and music and dance transmitted from the continent of  China and the Korean Peninsula during the 400 years from the Asuka  to the beginning of the Heian period, Music that is arranged in style.

Since the Nara period and the Heian period, the performance of Gagaku was performed vigorously in temples and shrines as well as court. And for more than 1000 years, it continued being handed down by professional musicians in Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka. During the Meiji era, The Board of the Ceremonies of Imperial Household Agency was founded and handed down Gagaku. Recently, private group Gagaku music performance organizations are on the rise.