Hifumi-cho is, like Choshi, a take-shirabe, a piece of an introductory nature, but it too has evolved into something of an independent composition. Hifumi-cho was introduced to the Kyoto Myoanji temple around 1895 by Higuchi Taizan (1856-1914), a player of the Kinko school in Tokyo.
Hifumi means ‘one two three,’ implying a beginner's first steps; cho (or shirabe) means ‘mode’ or more literally ‘exploration.’ This piece is often the first music a novice learns, both in the Kinko and Myoanji schools. Hifumi-cho is characterized by a melody that remains entirely within the lower octave of the instrument. For this reason the mood of the composition is very calm.