Traditional Japanese folk music Stock Images. Traditional Japanese folk music is a new set of photos by Rod Walters.Traditional Japanese folk music takes many forms, but folk songs are called minyo, and its accompanied by a standard range of instruments. These include the shamisen, a stringed instrument with three strings and the smaller but similar sanshin, the shakuhachi bamboo flute, and various drums. Musicians often wear traditional clothing too, such as kimono and hakama. Minyo is performed by both sexes and all generations, from children to the elderly. View more stock images from Rod Walters here.