Heike Biwa


Japanese Story Tellers' Biwa

Heike biwa had been used by biwa hoshi (blind biwa minstrels). They played the heike biwa and told the tale of the heike, battles between heike clan and genji clan in BC 1180 - BC 1185. They passed the tale of the heike (heike monogatari) down to the next generation by telling story with heike biwa. The players laying it on their thigh. The songs playedby heike biwa hoshi are called heikyoku.

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