What we do

Japanese traditional percussion lesson (2nd)

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


Hands-on experience events
Kotsuzumi, Shimedaiko

Number of practical skill sessions per participant (including presentation/rehearsals for presentation)
9 times

Principle 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 “Melos’ theme,” 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 (traditional percussion) instruments as well as how to select and buy them. The presentation will take place at the charming Mukojima Kenban, where participants will perform alongside Wakazishikai members. Over three months or so, this program of hands-on activities will enable participants to learn plenty about the appeal of Hayashi.

Publicity methods for the recruitment of participants (collaboration, cooperation, networking, etc.)
Flyers will be distributed at Wakajishikai-organized events held during the recruitment period, as well as at concerts and other events which members appear in. For wide area reach, an online PR program will be rolled out centering on social media. Okadaya Fuse in particular constitutes an important base in Hayashi circles including for Wakajishikai, and is also an indispensable source of cultural support. There are many aspects of this program that are only possible because the venue is provided by Okadaya Fuse, and Wakajishikai will work together with Okadaya Fuse to revitalize local organizations through initiatives such as engaging with tourism and commercial associations.

Ways to enable participants to continue with practical skills experience (other than programs covered by this grant) after the end of the event
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. In addition, the Wakajishikai office provides support for participants until they find a style of learning that suits them, such as practical experience and observation of individual practice facilities, which offers a different approach from group training.


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


e-mail: info.wakazishikai@gmail.com


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