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The Japan Sankyoku Association's annual performance 7th “Nihon no hibiki (Japanese sound) ” –“Noh and Kyogen depicted by Sankyoku 2”

  • Organization : Public Interest Incorporated Association The Japan Sankyoku Association
  • Section : Artistic and creative activity in Tokyo
  • Type of Grant Program : Single
  • Art Forms : Japanese Traditional Art


In 2019 The Japan Sankyoku Association launched a themed series of performances focusing on works related to Noh at the Kanze Noh Theater, with the cooperation of the head of Kanze school of Noh. Due to the pandemic, this performance, the second in the series, was recorded at the Kanze Noh Theater and then streamed online. The performance was streamed in two parts. Part 1 comprised “Kikujido” with guest performer and Living National Treasure Kisaku Katada, and four classic Sankyoku pieces. Part 2 featured three classical pieces including “Yashima” with a performance by the head of The Japan Sankyoku Association/Living National Treasure Seikin Tomiyama, as well as two contemporary works. Additionally, both Part 1 and Part 2 included recordings of talks related to the program and performances demonstrating Shimai, given by Takashi Takeda, a shite kata (Noh performer with a principal role) of the Hosho School, and Mihoko Nogawa, a Hogaku (traditional Japanese music) researcher. Each piece was preceded by commentary provided by Nogawa.


Public Interest Incorporated Association The Japan Sankyoku Association
PIIA The Japan Sankyoku Association is a group of teachers and performers of Sankyoku, an ensemble form of Japanese traditional chamber music featuring vocals, koto (long zither), sangen (another name for the shamisen, a three-stringed instrument with a long fretless neck), and shakuhachi (end blown bamboo flute), with a history of over 50 years and over 5,000 members nationwide. The Association works towards more effective publicity and dissemination of the koto, sangen (shamisen) and shakuhachi and exchange between the various schools of Sankyoku. Through these efforts, the aim is to contribute to the promotion of Japanese traditional arts and the development of traditional Japanese music culture. Towards this goal the Association organizes five concerts a year, as well as actively engaging in the training of young performers and sending instructors on school visits, to workshops and hands-on courses, etc.


Shozo Hatori
Public Interest Incorporated Association Japan Sankyoku Association
Pearl Akasaka #403, 2-15-12 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo


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