Knowledge of Nagauta

Shamisen - three stringed instruments
Shamisen – three stringed instrument
Nagauta fans
Sensu – fans for male and female singers
Kendai - music stand for singers
Kendai – music stand for singers

about Nagauta

Nagauta is the most popular traditional Japanese theatre music.  It originated from the Kabuki Theatre.  Over time, Nagauta developed independent concert repertoires of its own to move away from the Kabuki Theatre.  The principal instrument used is the shamisen, a three stringed lute, with a vocal accompaniment.  Nagauta can be played in musical performances as well as an accompaniment for dance.

Kabuki Style Music