A Ministry of Education and Science directive that takes effect next spring will require public schools to teach a Japanese instrument in junior-high-school music classes; up to now the focus has been entirely on Western music.

An article from Kyodo News that appeared in The Japan Times Sept. 4, “Traditional music industry looks to schools,” reported on the rush to develop user-friendly koto, shakuhachi, taiko drums, fue flutes and shamisen for school children to learn. The hogaku festival held recently at the Yoyogi Olympic Youth Center (see Aug. 12 column) exhibited and demonstrated many of these newly developed instruments.

Unable to view this article?

This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites.

If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page.

We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.