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Rōkyoku (浪曲; also called naniwa-bushi, 浪花節) is a genre of traditional Japanese narrative singing. Generally accompanied by a shamisen, rōkyoku became very popular in Japan during the first half of the 20th century.
In modern Japanese slang "naniwabushi" is sometimes used to mean "a sob-story", since the songs were often about sad subjects.
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