The Popularization of Rōkyoku through Records by Rekion
NDL Historical Recording Collection (Rekion) published new English article
“The Popularization of Rōkyoku through Records.”
“From the latter half of the Meiji era (1868-1912) to the middle of the Showa era (1926-1989), for little over a 50 year period, rōkyoku (naniwabushi) were enjoyed enthusiastically in every corner of Japan, and were hailed as “the king of public entertainment”. Records played a key role in their popularization.”
Torazo Hirosawa II
Rōkyoku nyuumon (“An Introduction to Rōkyoku”), Tsurushobo, 1955, Frontispiece page.
NDL Rekion http://rekion.dl.ndl.go.jp/en/ongen_shoukai_07.html
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