What we do

The 13th Wakazishikai

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


Narrative scenes and character psychology are expressed with Hogaku Hayashi (traditional percussion) only. Although it is a readers theater event with added elements of readings and sand art, it is led by Hayashi accompaniment-based music. The event was created with the aim of offering an immediate style of storytelling and expression of mental imagery which leverage classical techniques from Hogaku Hayashi.

The 13th Wakazishikai “Hogaku Hayashi Readers Theater: Run, Melos!” (Premiere)
Original story: Osamu Dazai
Composition/performance: Wakazishikai (Katada Kisaburo,Tosha Roh, Fukuhara Kisaburo, Fukuhara Tsurunosuke, Fukuhara Hyakutaka, Fukuhara Hyakunosuke,
Hosei Haruhisa, Mochizuki Satatoshiro, Mochizuki Masahiro)
Offstage music: Fukuhara Daisuke, Fukuhara Yuma
Sand art: SILT (Funamoto Keita, Anjiiange)


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.




Nihonbashi Kokaido, Chuo City, Tokyo