What we do

Wakazishikai's Japanese traditional percussion lesson

  • Organization : Wakazishikai
  • Section : None
  • Type of Grant Program : Single


Hands-on experience event
Hogaku Hayashi (traditional percussion)

Number of sessions (per person/including presentations, etc.)

Principal instructors
(Any of the following from Wakazishikai) Kisaburo Katada, Roh Tosha, Kisaburo Fukuhara, Tsurunosuke Fukuhara, Hyakutaka Fukuhara, Hyakunosuke Fukuhara, Haruhisa Hosei, Satatoshiro Mochizuki, Masahiro Mochizuki

Event features
To develop a sense of enjoyment of Hogaku (Japanese classical music) as an accessible and familiar type of music, participants will learn to play a set piece created by Wakazishikai called “Wakazishi I,” a beginner-friendly composition that makes full use of classical techniques with a conscious nod to a modern sense of rhythm. Practice sessions will take place at Okadaya Fuse, which is also a traditional musical instrument store, and will include an introduction to Hogaku Hayashi instruments, as well as information on how to select and buy them. For the final session, as part of a Wakazishikai live concert participants will give a performance to showcase what they have learnt, enabling them to enjoy involvement in concerts accompanied by professionals from rehearsal stage through to actual performance.

A framework enabling participants to continue with hands-on experience (practice) of traditional performing arts
As each instructor (all Wakazishikai members) has their own rehearsal space, participants wishing to do so can continue learning by selecting the location and instructor that suits them.


Founded in 2006 by fellow Hogaku Hayashi players as an organization transcending the various schools of traditional music. The group initially focused on study and research of the classics but from 2010 onwards it began performing its own musical compositions. As well as organizing concerts, it also plans and implements small-scale concerts at venues like live music clubs, video streams etc. The group has also performed in numerous concerts organized by external organizations. In 2016 it won the Nakajima Katsusuke Creative Prize with “Wakazishi I,” and in 2017 garnered the 9th Award for Tradition and Creativity. In 2018 and 2020 the group took part in arts and culture-based child development projects organized by the Agency for Cultural Affairs




Okadayafuse, Taito City, Tokyo, Mukojima Bokutei Kumiai Kenban, Sumida City, Tokyo