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Kojo no Tsuki

荒城の月

This is a piece of genre Modern from the Min'yo School. This piece was composed for Koto by the person Taki Rentaro in the year 1901.

Kojo no Tsuki appears on the following albums

AlbumShakuhachiKotoShamisen

Bamboo Spirit Peter Ross

Challenging Eternity Disk 05


Endless Sea - Impressions of Japan John Singer

Flower Dance - Japanese Folk Melodies


    The music, which opens with koto, is the Kojo no tsuki composed by Rentaro Taki in 1901. The title signifies the moon viewed from a desolate castle. It is one of the oldest Japanese songs written on the Western scale. Bansui Doi wrote a poem to this music at the Aoba castle in Sendai.

Flute and Koto of Japan Yamaguchi Goro
Yonekawa Toshiko
Hana - Shakuhachi; Nihon no Shijo Yes

Isaac Stern - The Classic Melodies of Japan Yamamoto Hozan

Japan Revisited



Koto and Shakuhachi Tachibana Shigeo Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto
Koto Music of Japan


Koto no Kyoshu Nihon no Merodi-shu


Koto no Miryoku - Disk 2


Koto no Shirabe - In Memory of Miyagi Michio None Makise Kiyoko None
Memories of My Home Riley Kelly Lee


Moonlit Castle John Singer

Music of Japan


    An arrangement for a shakuhachi and orchestra of a melody composed by Rentaro Taki (1879-1903). He is well known to Japanese people as an earliest composer of Western music in Japan.

    He composed many nice songs for primary and middle school pupils, and they are quite popular among Japanese still now. "Kojo no Tsuki" is one of them. Kojo is a ruined castle and tsuki is the moon. The poem for the original song describes the moonlight over the ruined castle and expresses the longing for the days when the castle was prospering.

Musical Memories of Japan None

Nihon no Shirabe



Shakuhachi - Japanese Traditional Music Uemura Shozan

    "Kojo no Tsuki" ("The Moon Over the Lake"), is a duet composed by Nakao Tozan in 1922 at his home during a late fall evening in Tokyo. It depicts the cool autumn air as it whips up small ripples on a lake, each of which reflects the moon. The latter half of the piece features a 3/8 rhythm which suggests the moonlight as it wavers on the waves. This piece was the first to utilize three-beat rhythm in shakuhachi music.

Sound of Japan Mitsuhashi Kifu

Tozan Ryu - Shakuhachi Dai Zen Shu - Vol 1


Tozan Ryu - Shakuhachi Honkyoku


Tozan Ryu Shakuhachi Honkyoku Shu - Vol 2



View From Here, The Peter Ross


The International Shakuhachi Society - 2018