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SOHO21 The 17th Exhibition of Music Works

  • Organization : SOHO21
  • Section : Artistic and creative activity in Tokyo
  • Type of Grant Program : Single
  • Art Forms : Japanese Traditional Art


A concert presenting hogaku (traditional Japanese music) works created by the Soho 21 members on the theme of Kacho-Fugetsu Hito (Flower, bird, wind and moon Human). These works of progressive hogaku transcend existing frameworks and musical styles while building on a foundation of traditional Japanese music.

(1) Theme “Flower”: “Hana no Ii (What called Flower)” – words by Tai Kaneko; composed by Chotatsuro Imafuji (hayashi-instrument arrangement by Hyakunosuke Fukuhara)
(2) Theme “Bird”: “Michi” – lyrics by Taizo Hourai ; composed by Toru Fukuhara
(3) Theme “Wind”: “Kaze ni Mukatte (Towards the Wind)” – words and composition by Masaki Imafuji
(4) Theme “Moon”: “Tōru” – words by Tai Kaneko; composed by Yoshijiro Imafuji
(5) Theme “Human”: “Oedipus” – words by Tai Kaneko; composed by Masataro Imafuji, Eikichi Kiyomoto, Chuichiro Matsunaga, Toshiko Yonekawa

Principal performers: the Soho 21 members


Formed in January 1997 by aspiring creators from various genres of hogaku (traditional Japanese music) who came together with the aim of carrying on and further developing the tradition of hogaku. In March 1997, a literary division was established to proactively create important words for Japanese music along with musical composition. After organizing numerous trial performances and research sessions, in May 2000 they presented the first concert of their own works. They have given concerts almost once a year ever since. Since 2010, the members have also been holding the open class “Sousaku-no-kimo (Vital Points of Creation),” in which they analyze works and suggest approaches to listening from the perspective of creators.




Kioi small hall, Chiyoda City,Tokyo