|An Introduction to the mysteries of Okinawan Music and its tremendous history. Each of the various music styles that have blossomed throughout history in Okinawa has its own story woven into it. In this column we explore the threads of the mystery of this magnificent musical legacy.|
|(Reference: "Okinawa Uta no Tabi" by Makoto Aoki)|
- Transcending 800 Years of Time and Space -
The Ryuka of the Omoro-soushi penetrated to the level of the common people very rapidly. In the case of the mainland's Manyoshu, somewhat akin to the Omoro-soushi, it was perceived mostly as literature, not song. A long period lapsed from its compilation in the 8th century until popularization of the short ballad genre in the early part of the Edo period (1600-1868 AD).
The 7-7-7-5 meter structure of the Manyoshu took 800 years to reach the common folk on the mainland while in comparison the Ryuka of the Omoro-soushi flew right into the hands of the common folk in Okinawa. It transcended the barriers of space and time in an instant.
|Photo : Hiroshi Shimabukuro (STUDIO PLANET)|