Japanese Music: Traditional, Contemporary, and Soundtracks.

CATEGORY DESCRIPTION
TRADITIONAL These are traditional songs, sung in Japanese, played on Japanese instruments, and include the following styles:
ASOBIUTA The play song includes two styles, those traditionally sung by Geisha to entertain guests and Japanese traditional nursery songs sung to young children. Not to be confused with warabeuta which are sung by children. The traditional Geisha songs are the style played here.
GAGAKU The court music of Japan, first introduced in the 7th century. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gagaku
JORURI The traditional Shamisen story-telling music. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C5%8Druri
KABUKI The music of the Japanese Kabuki theatre. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kabuki
MINYO The regional folk songs or work songs of Japan, these are sung while working or as entertainment. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Min%27y%C5%8D
NAGAUTA The music of the Shamisen, not related to story-telling. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nagauta
NOHGAKU The music of the Japanese Noh theatre. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noh
ONDO A type of Minyo using a 2/2 swung rhythm and local to the area it originated. Songs will have Ondo in the title, such as Tokyo Ondo. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ondo_(music)
SHAKUHACHI The music of the bamboo flute played by Buddhist monks and by other performers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shakuhachi
SHOMYO The music of Buddhist chant. This is one category that is not sung in Japanese but in Pali or Maghadi, the language that was spoken by Guatama Buddha. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sh%C5%8Dmy%C5%8D
SOUNDTRACK These are soundtracks from Japanese movies, from movies by Japanese directors, or from movies about Japan.
CONTEMPORARY These are performances by Japanese musicians. These include traditional Japanese pieces played with modern instruments as backup; Classical pieces by Japanese composers and performers; Enka pieces by the more traditional Japanese performers; Light Jazz pieces by Japanese composers and performers.
AMBIENT These are the sounds of nature; wind, rain, sea, forest, birds, wildlife, and other ambient collections. This is provided as a background to the country province we reside in. This also provides a smooth transition from the contemporary music back to the traditional.
Anime and J-Pop We do not play Anime or J-Pop as there are many other stations that are devoted to those genre.