Evolution of music across the world varies from country to country but music has been a widespread throughout the world. But even if we can hear sounds of singing everywhere, there is always a distinction of every music from country to country. It is because music has evolved due to the influence of the nation’s culture, tradition, practices and so on.
Music in Japan is called Ongaku which means sounds for comfort. Like many other nation’s music, music in Japan vary from decade to decade. Aside from the influence of local tradition and history, Japan’s music’s scales, styles and instruments were adapted from its neighboring countries such as China, Korea and Indonesia and even from Western Countries. There are songs for work, funeral songs, wedding songs, religious songs, ritual songs, lullabies and so on. Just like stories that pass down from generation to generation, Japan music is valuable that they pass from generation to generation too.
Around BC 800, Gagaku (a kind of Japanese music) started to evolve. In Japan in ancient times, a number of songs and singing styles such as Kagura, Yamato-Uta, and Kume-Uta existed and these were also accompanied by simple dances. The combination of these songs is Gagaku. Japanese nursery rhymes greatly contributed also to the development of Japanese music around 1600 to 1900. Meanwhile, with the introduction of Buddhism to Japan in the 6th century, Buddhist rites and liturgical chants gave rise to the development of a great variety of bells, gongs, wooden clappers, plaques, percussion tubes, and rattles, many of which found their way also into kabuki music. Due to western influence too, jazz, rock style and so on evolved around 1960s when WWII came to an end.
So many things to enumerate how Japanese music evolve. Today, Japanese music is one of the top notch of demand among people who love music in the world.