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Miyama Higurashi

深山ひぐらし

This is a piece of genre Modern Honkyoku in the style of Shin Shakuhachi Gaku from the Azuma Ryû School. This piece was composed for Shakuhachi by the person Fukuda Rando in 1928.

History (James Nyoraku 如楽 Schlefer):

This 1928 composition is an example of 20th-century virtuoso shakuhachi music. Fukuda Rando's melodies have a folk-like, melancholy feel. The title refers to the sound of crickets heard deep within the recesses of the mountains.

Miyama Higurashi appears on the following albums

AlbumShakuhachiKotoShamisen
Fukuda Rando Shakuhachi Meikyoku Sen


Shakuhachi Suiso Furuya Teruo


Solstice Spirit James Nyoraku 如楽 Schlefer

    This 1928 composition is an example of 20th-century virtuoso shakuhachi music. Fukuda Rando's melodies have a folk-like, melancholy feel. The title refers to the sound of crickets heard deep within the recesses of the mountains.

Sui Zen - Blowing Meditation on the Shakuhachi - 05 Ronnie Nyogetsu Reishin Seldin

    This modem honkyoku in the Shin Shakuhachi Gaku style from the Azuma School was composed by Fukuda Rando in 1928. It is a popular virtuoso performance piece, and is a good example of his characteristically melancholy, yet lively style. Fukuda Rando was the teacher of Yokoyama Ranpo, who was the father of Yokoyama Katsuya, a very famous present-day shakuhachi player.

    The title means "Sound of Crickets in the Inner Mountains." Miyama means "deep in the mountains," and higurashi is "the sound of crickets." This sound, treasured in traditional Japanese aesthetics, evokes the late summer to early autumn season. The melody is evocative of folk music, and could be categorized as a honkyoku that is shinkyoku (new music) in a minyo (folk music) tradition.


Tsukikusa no Yume; Fukuda Rando Shakuhachi Meikyoku Shu Yokoyama Ranpo


Yokoyama Katsuya Plays Fukuda Rando - Boxed Cassette Yokoyama Katsuya


The International Shakuhachi Society - 2018