Bungo-kei joruri

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  • Japanese: 豊後系浄瑠璃 (Bungo-kei joururi)

The Bungo lineage of jôruri (narrative storytelling) is a category of styles or genres of narrative shamisen music and singing, performed mainly in the kabuki theater and by geisha and courtesans.

The category includes the tokiwazu, kiyomoto, itchû-bushi, shinnai-bushi, tomimoto-bushi, miyazono-bushi (aka sonohachi), and shigetayû-bushi styles.


  • McQueen Tokita, Alison. "Music in kabuki: more than meets the eye." The Ashgate Research Companion to Japanese Music. Surrey: Ashgate Publishing, 2008. p246.