Shomyo is a type of Buddhist music which consists of chanting with melodic patterns. It is originated in India. Through China it was transmitted to Japan by Kukai in the Heian period (794-1185). Since then, Shomyo has been inherited today by monks, with great effort. It is classical music of human voice that is simple and complicated at the same time. Shomyo is also an origin of Japanese music.
 Shomyo of Buzan group in the Shingon sect has a bright and brilliant sound which matches the head temple of its sect, called “temple of flower”, Hasedera in the Nara prefecture. This Buzan group`s Shomyo is authorized as an intangible cultural asset. Not only within Japan, but in other foreign countries, it has set a high level of expectation for spiritually and artistically superb religious music. This is also true with Japanese traditional music.

 Because a sound dies away by each instant moment after it sounds, the sound is fertilely generated and inherited as music.