The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games is seen as an opportunity to create an environment for the stable succession of Japan’s traditional music “Hogaku” by familiarizing more people with it, leading to an increase in the number of enthusiasts in future. To that end, concerts were held twice in March and August for five days in a row, offering a program in which audiences could enjoy four different Hogaku genres each day for the low cost of 1,000 yen.
Organizers enlisted promising young performers from each genre, who each put in plenty of practice for the concerts and performed their specialty program.
The concerts also served as something of a trial run in terms of preparation and experimentation, as organizers aim to hold regular Hogaku performances going forward.
Performance genres: Sankyoku, Biwa, Nagauta, Tokiwazu, Gidayu, Kiyomoto, Shinnai, Kouta
The Hogaku Jitsuenka Group Contact Conference is an organization comprising 14 bodies affiliated to the Hogaku division of GEIDANKYO Japan Council of Performers Rights & Performing Arts Organizations. Almost all the major/comprehensive organizations related to the nine general Hogaku genres — namely Gidayu, Kiyomoto, Kouta, Kokyoku, Sankyoku, Shinnai, Tokiwazu, Nagauta, and Biwa — are members.
As well as spreading and promoting Hogaku, the organization aims to champion the rights and interests of Hogaku performers with its principal enterprise, the holding of a “Hogaku Concert” every spring.
Hogaku Jitsuenka Group Contact Conference
c/o NAGAUTA Association, Ginza-Ichikawa bldg. 4F, 2-11-19, Ginza Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum; Lecture Hall, Tokyo National Museum; Heiseikan Big Hall, Sasanoyuki; 4th floor (Taito City, Tokyo)