Kokusai Bunka Shinkokai

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An extensive anthology of traditional Japanese music was recorded
-around 1941-42 by Kokusai Bunka Shink├┤-kai: International
Organization for the Promotion of Culture. KBS was established
under the Ministries of Education and Foreign Affairs in 1934
for cultural exchange between Japan and foreign countries. KBS activities ranged from lectures, concerts, artistic
and academic exchange, publishing books, photos, to producing
films and records, establishing libraries and related cultural
facilities abroad, among them this record set of traditional Japanese
music.As KBS' original purpose was to promote cultural exchange between
Japan and foreign countries, it would truly be my pleasure if this revival of sounds
heard 70 years ago once again brings to life the musical practices
heard at that time.- Naoko Terauchi, excerpt from Japanese Traditional Music CD liner notes

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