Japanese traditional music spans in various genres. It is considered to have foreign roots, and have been domesticated through the times. Gagaku, the ceremonial music mainly for aristocracy was developed in Heian period. During medieval and early modern times, various kinds of theatrical music playing with Noh, Kyougen, Joururi and Kabuki were developed and refined.So were religious and festival music. There are also profound quantities of local folk music and nursery rhymes. They are all unique and different from the counterparts in Western worlds. So are the music instruments. To name a few, there are Wa-daiko, Shamisen, Koto and Shakuhachi.

In this article, we selected only a fraction of those contemporary artists inheriting the old traditions as well as adopting modern approaches.

和楽器バンド / 「暁ノ糸」MUSIC VIDEO/Wagakki Band"Akatsukino Ito"

Yasouemaki - WagakkiBand
Wagakki Band"Senbonzakura"
Vocalo-Zanmai - WagakkiBand

  • Wagakki Band - Vocalo Zanmai (2DVDS) [Japan DVD] AVBD-92168
  • HASSOUEMAKI TYPE-B(+DVD)(ltd.)
  • Wagakki Band - Vocalo Zanmai (2DVDS) [Japan DVD] AVBD-92168
  • HASSOUEMAKI TYPE-B(+DVD)(ltd.) by Wagakki Band
  • HASSOU EMAKI TYPE-B(+DVD)(regular) by WAGAKKI BAND (2015-09-02)
  • HASSOU EMAKI TYPE-B(+DVD)(regular) by WAGAKKI BAND (2015-09-02)
  • Wagakki Band - Hanabi [Japan LTD DVD] AVBD-92069
  • Wagakki Band - Hanabi [Japan LTD DVD] AVBD-92069
  • Wagakki Band - Hanabi [Japan LTD DVD] AVBD-92069
  • Valkyrie/Eyes
  • Valkyrie/Eyes

深紅 -Crimson- 華風月 -Hanafugetsu- The Japanese unit of the organization as a vocal, a piano, a bamboo clarinet (Shakuhachi) and a Japanese harp(Koto)

  • Five Kotos, Hoteki, Shamisen And Shakuhachi [LP]
  • Japanese Shamisen Chamber Music (Jiuta) With Koto And Shakuhachi [LP]
  • Hanafugetsu - Theme Of Hanafugetsu [Japan CD] KRK-1
  • Bamboo Flute Lullabies Of Japan
  • Bamboo Flute Orchestra - Shakuhachi [Japan CD] SECL-1998
  • Five Kotos, Hoteki, Shamisen And Shakuhachi [LP]

武士の一分 -Japanese Spirit- 藤原道山×冨田勲 -Dozan Fujiwara×Isao Tomita-

  • Bermuda Triangle by Isao Tomita (2005-12-21)
  • Bushi No Ichibun, Kakushi Ken, Tasogare Seibei - Original Soundtracks
  • Cosmos
  • Toki -Aki-
  • Dozan Fujiwara - Sai [Japan CD] COCQ-84926
  • Dozan Fujiwara - Fujiwara Dozan 10Th Anniversary Concert [San] [Japan CD] COCQ-84902

Yoshida Brothers - Rising from Best Of Yoshida Brothers 吉田兄弟

  • Ibuki
  • Yoshida Brothers Best Vol One
  • Move
  • Yoshida Brothers 2
  • YOSHIDA BROTHERS 15TH ANIVERSARY NEW ALBUM
  • Prism

花のように / 中井智弥 《 hana no youni / Tomoya Nakai 》

  • Yume Ha Utsutsu by Nakai Tomoya
  • Youkihi
  • Art of Japanese Koto, Shakuhachi and Shamisen by Yamato Ensemble (1996-05-03)
  • 17 String Koto
  • Accordion Koto
  • The Art of the Japanese Koto, Shakuhachi & Shamisen by ARC Music

DRUM TAO 大祭2

  • DRUM TAO Ethereal Beaths (CD) JAPAN
  • Tao Drum
  • Tao Japanese Drum Entertainment - Original Track
  • Beginnings
  • Berlin Concert: Quiet Ages 2000
  • Discover Japanese Taiko

「千本桜/Senbonzakura」Hatsune Miku Live Party 2013 in Kansai BD

  • 19's Sound Factory / Hatsune Miku - Kimi To Boku Mawaru Sekai [Japan CD] DGSA-10069
  • First Anniversary: All That
  • Good Evening Thanksgiving 39's Giving Day Project Diva Presents Miku Hatsune Solo Concert - Day of Miku, It Is Hatsune Miku. ~ [Live Cd] [Live]
  • HATSUNE MIKU LIVE PARTY 2011 LIVE CD(regular ed.)
  • Koi Suru Fortune Cookie Type-I
  • Miku No Hi Kanshasai 39's Giving Dayproject Diva

Chie Hanawa 「Tsugaru Jongara Bushi」

  • Colorful
  • Soleil
  • WOMAN-JPN-FUGA
  • JAPANESE INSTRUMENTS 2 SYAMISEN by COLUMBIA JAPAN
  • KOTO, SYAMISEN 1941(reissue)
  • TSUGARU JYONGARA(24bit)(reissue)