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“Sokaku reibo” versus “Tsuru no sugomori”

  • Organization : Japan Shakuhachi Professional-players Network
  • Section : Artistic and creative activity in Tokyo
  • Type of Grant Program : Single
  • Art Forms : Japanese Traditional Art


The traditional Shakuhachi standards “Sokaku reibo” and “Tsuru no sugomori” share a common theme of the parent-child bond between cranes, tracing the rearing of the young to the leaving of the nest.
Compositions with these same names exist in every Shakuhachi school and faction, and even now are often played and performed. The fact that so many different songs with the same names are in existence implies that musicians have over time repeatedly created new and innovative arrangements for them while prizing the distinctive techniques and performance methods they require. Shakuhachi virtuosos of today gathered under one roof for a joint performance of these and other well-known pieces. As well as music handed down within each school/faction, the event also featured performance of unique interpretations based on research of various documents and music sources. The audience was also treated to new works by contemporary Shakuhachi composers, as well as new works and large-scale performances by members of the Network.

Part 1 / classical Shakuhachi pieces
Kinko ryu honkyoku “Sokaku reibo”
Futaikenden “Tsuru no sugomori”
Tozanryu honkyoku “Tsuru no sugomori”
Renpoken, Kisenken “Tsuru no sugomori”

Part 2 / contemporary works
“Jakumetsu no uta” (2019) composed by Satoshi Tanomura [premiere]
“Tsuru no sugomori” (2007) composed by Kumiko Takahashi
“CraneSpotting” (2019) composed by Kazunori Miyake [premiere]


Japan Shakuhachi Professional-players Network
Consisting solely of professional Shakuhachi musicians, the Network was founded in July, 2018 for the principle purpose of enhancing the value of Shakuhachi music and musicians, and contributing to the development and diffusion of Japanese culture. Recognizing the diversity, personality and individuality of Shakuhachi music, the Network boosts research on and improvement of the instrument itself, promotes research and analysis of Shakuhachi music, and encourages information-sharing regarding playing techniques and teaching; and by means of flexible ideas and a high level of musicianship based on the abundant experience of its members, the Network intends to become a source of communication and promotion for new Shakuhachi music in its ongoing activities.


Retsuzan Tanabe
JSPN Secretariat
Japan Shakuhachi Professional-players Network
1-13-4,Honda,Kokubunji-city,Tokyo 185-0011


Toyosu Civic Center Hall, Koto City, Tokyo