Ryuka
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General term for short lyric songs traditional to the Amami, Okinawa, Miyako, and Yaeyama island groups. Ryuka are primarily fixed-form verses of thirty syllables, consisting of an upper part with two eight-syllable lines and a lower part with one eight-syllable and one six-syllable line. Unlike the haiku and waka poetic forms, ryuka developed as songs sung with sanshin accompaniment.




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