The biwa, a form of short-necked lute, was played by a group of itinerant performers (biwa hoshi) who used it to accompany stories. The most famous of these stories is The Tale of the Heike, a 12th century history of the triumph of the Minamoto clan over the Taira. Biwa hoshi began to organize themselves into a guild-like association (todo) as early as the thirteenth century. This guild eventually controlled a large portion of the musical culture of Japan.
In addition, numerous smaller groups of itinerant blind musicians were formed especially in the Kyushu area. These musicians, known as moso (blind monk) toured their local areas and performed a variety of religious and semi-rel ...
Traditional sounding Japanese / Oriental music, lovely and high pitched woodwind type instrumental. Medium to medium slow tempo, very reflective, contemplative, and beautiful. Instrumental, Japanese, Biwa, Moso, and Goze
Shamisen pronounce the happiness that runs through the village after success over a tough victory. The battle was long and the struggle was hard but in the end we only knew one thing: We are still here! Instrumental, Japanese, Biwa, Moso, and Goze