Japanese paintings look really sad to me and I realized that most of the Japanese music sound really sad to me too.
Anything from the lullaby to traditional Noh songs, everything sounds minor.
Yet, I did not know why they all sound sad or minor.
Finally all these years wonder is answered by my husband!
In Japan, we had a different scale called Pentatonic Scale which has 5 notes.
Apparently the normal scale we now listen to has 7 notes, C, D, E, F, G, A, and B.
My husband showed me how it sounds like by playing the piano, D, E, G, A, B.
OH MY GOSH! Yes, it does sound like the Japanese songs.
We just did not have certain notes in the score!