民謡 (みんよう)

folk song; esp. songs originally associated with religious events or daily work, like farming, fishing, rice-planting, wood-cutting, packhorse driving, coal-mining, e.g. Kokiriko, Soranbushi, Oiwake-Bushi, Funa-Uta; since most such activities no longer exist (or are no longer done by hand), many traditional songs and song styles are maintained only through preservation societies (hozonkai, doshikai) and traditional festivals like Bon Odori

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