Kokusai Shakuhachi Kenshu-Kan 30th Anniversary Festival
Yokoyama Katsuya Memorial with the home town Bisei

KSK Shakuhachi Festival 2019




Co-Players at the Concert

  • Nakatsuka Chieju and Chidori-kai (koto)
    A koto group that is hosted by the Nihon Todo Ongaku-kai Daikoto, Nakatsuka Chieju.
    Their activities occur mainly in Yakage, Ibara, Kurashiki and Okayama-city.
  • Yamaji Miho and Yamaji-shachu (koto)
    We are a group of 5- to 88-year-olds who want to simply play and enjoy Koto, Sangen and Shakuhachi regardless of their school or lineage.
    In addition to the usual lessons, we play at the gsoloistsf eventh in the hall, various events, and volunteer performances at nursing homes.
  • miho (Batokin)
    miho studied with Chinafs national first-class performer Chi Bulgood.
    She has performed for film music and game music.
    Her past performances include concerts at the official residence of the Japanese Embassy in Switzerland.
    She has released 4 original albums and now is a lecturer at the Institute of Ethnomusicology at Tokyo College of Music.
  • 101 Hoshizora Choir (Chorus)
    As Choir Bisei commemorated the 30th anniversary of its formation, Starry Night Concert also successfully finished its 30th annual concert on July 27th.
    It all started 30 years ago when Shujitsu Gakuen was at a training camp in Bisei.
    Muramatsu sensei, the coach of the team at that time, suggested that the team start a concert with local people, so Choir Bisei and volunteers joined.
    Twelve years ago, because the size of the telescope of the Bisei Astronomical Observatory is 101 cm, we got 101 kids together for the choir, and this is the beginning of the 101 Hoshizora Choir.
    Therefs only once a year where they can get together to perform, but it has increased year by year, and now it consists of 200 people from 3 year olds to adults with Shujitsu Gakuen and the brass band of Bisei Junior High School.
    It is my hope that this concert continues on.
  • Ikegami Naoto (Conductor/Percussion)
    Studied conducting method, wind music instruction method, and percussion at the Tokyo Conservatoire Shobi (now Shobi College of Music). Currently studying shakuhachi in NHK Culture with Mr. Furuya, Mr. Matama, and Mr. Kakizakai of the KSK.

Special Lecturer of the Workshop

  • Takahashi Toyomi (Shakuhachi producer)
    Takahashi Toyomi took an interest in Japanese music as a way to examine his own identity while on a study period in Germany.
    After returning to Japan in 1978, he began learning Kinko Ryu shakuhachi Suzuki Nyosei in Kamakura. Until 1988 he mainly studied sankyoku, and after that koten honkyoku under Yokoyama Katsuya. At the beginning of 2004 he sought instruction from Kakizakai Kaoru.
    While he had the desire to make his own shakuhachi from the beginning, for a long time Yokoyama Katsuya wouldn't permit it. He finally received consent in 2007 and began studying under Miura Ryuho. He also endeavored to lead a class on 'Making Shakuhachi by Hand'. Feeling attracted to the unique tone-colour of long shakuhachi, he is currently working toward the goal of performing koten honkyoku on self-made long shakuhachi. Takahashi can teach in English and German.