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Chikuho schools sell sheet music of 139 songs of classical shakuhachi .
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at the Art Festival
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Complete Repertory
                         SAKAI SHODO.

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Chikuho Ryu is a school of Sakuhachi that was founded in Osaka by
the first head, Chikuou Sakai in 1917.ChikuhoRyu’s Fu-Ho-U-E-Ya musical notation. With regard to performance style, Chikuho school’s was derived from Kansai Souetu school.
The unique arrangement of Ziuta ・Koto demonstrates the Kansai
taste of Chikuho school,  and is regarded as a special characteristic of
Chikuho school that no other school shares.
And Master Shozan Katsuura bestowed upon him the secret piece of
the Myoan style ,the volume of Sankyorei, and taught him all of the
Shinpo Ryu classical Honkyoku 63pieces.
Those interactional sequences became a foundation for the third head,
Shodo Sakai, to achieve a great knowledge of Honkyoku.

(The first Chikuho Sakai passed away in 1984.) 

  The second Chikuho Sakai played classical Shakuhati Honkyoku with his own arrangement, while referring to the Honkyoku that CikuouSakai had learned, and the" Myoan Temple shakuhati music and other classical Honkyoku" that Shodo Sakai had learned from many Master teachers. 
Being well versed in Koto music such as Miyagi and Jiuta.
The second Chikuho Sakai made his impressive debut to the contemporary music scene with a stage performance of “ ChikuraiGoshou” composed by Mr. Makoto Moroi.  
With his extraordinary skill for performance, he played a part in triggering the contemporary music boom in Japan.   
Unfortunately, however, he became seriously ill in 1984, and he passed on his position of Third Soke to his younger brother, Shodo Sakai.
(The second Chikuho Sakai passed away in 1992.)


   The third Syodo Sakai  was born in Osaka in1940 as the third son of the head of the Chikuho school syakuhati . 

Learned From his own father who was the founder of the school, and he was initiated into the repertories of traditional Japanese music and of the entire repertory of the Myoan Sinpou Schoolryuthat had been transmitted from Syozan Katsuura.

He further learned classical Honkyoku from Ryoan Koizumi (the 38th in hirtory),Particularly, the entire repertory of the Kyoto Myoan Taizan ha (subschool). His others include Fuan Yosimura (the 40th in hirtory), Nyotou Moriyasu, Nyoan Kageura, and Yasuyuki Sagara.

Now He is head of the Chikuho School Syakuhachi(the 3rd in history).and the Director general of Myoan Kyochiku Zensi Supoort Group.
He is also the Director advisor of a society for the study Komusou Syakuhachi.

 Main prize
 2006  SAKAI SHODO'S Tsuru no Sugomori Gotai” (Five versions of
“Nesting of Cranes”) was released internationally by Kojima Recordings, Inc.,
and received the grand prize in the record division at the Art Festival of the Agency for Cultural Affairs.
 2008  Syodo Sakai had a recital,"Shakuhachi no Keihu"(Genealogy of Shakuhachi),received the grand prize in the music division at the Art Festival of the Agency for Cultural Affairs.
 2008  Syodo Sakai Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology-Japan, 59th Art Selection, Minister's prize (2008)        
 2014  SAKAI SHODO'S QuintessentiaShakuhachi
Complete Repertory of  The MYOAN TAIZAN Style
was released internationally by The "Japanese traditional culture promotion foundation" which is a foundation of public interests, Inc.,
and received the grand prize in the record division at the Art Festival of the Agency for Cultural Affairs.

 Chikudo Sakai , the fourth head-to-be, and Shodo’s own son was taught by his grandfather, the first head, Chikuou. It was Chikuou who gave Chikudo his first certificate. sikaLater, he not only studied under Shodo, his father, but also studied under Myoan temple’s 41the Kansu (head), Master Hoan Kojima.Chikudo has mastered all Honkyoku pieces of Myoan Taizan Sub School(ha), and he was given the name “Chikushin” by the head of the Myoan Temple. Recently, Chikudo has been studying under the Master of Shinpou Ryu, Master Yasuyuki Sagara .
Both masters lead him to the Way of classical Shakuhachi Honkyoku.


  The fifth head-to-be, Shodo’s grandson Ryukai, is now receiving training from the current Soke.

■The name “Chikuho Ryu”, and the Symbol of Chikuho Ryu (the Chinese character for “bamboo,”, with the Chinese character for “preserve,” ) are registered trademarks, which demonstrate the spirit of “Chikuho Ryu Soke’s absolute one presence.” The attitude of ChikuhoRyu has come to be regarded to have a very precious existence in the modern society.

 What is Shinpou Ryu? ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Fu-Ho-U-E-Ya musicale scale
 It was Shozan Katsuura who acknowledged this music style as “ryu.” However, its original piece is said to have been passed down from Kakuzan Watanabe and Shinryo Ozaki at the temple formerly known as Myoan-ji. Therefore, it came to be known as “Shinpou.” In terms of naming the notes of the musical scale, instead of using the Ro-Tsu-Re-Chi style, Shinpou Ryu introduced the use of the Fu-Ho-U-E-Ya style, which had commonly been used in Kansai area.
Currently, Chikuho Ryu and Shinpou Ryu are probably the only two schools of Shakuhachi to use this style of naming the musical scale.
uWhile the Ro-Tsu-Re-Chi style started in the 1800s, the origin of the Fu-Ho-U-E-Ya style can be traced back to the Southern Sung period, which lasted from 1141 to 1285. Furthermore, the name for each note has a specific meaning. Take Fu, for example. The origin of Fu is the Chinese character ”凡”, which refers to all things in existence in the universe. The name, Ho comes from the Chinese character “合”, U is from “五”, E is from “也”, Ya is from “乙”, and I is from “一”. The way to read each Chinese character is being used as the name of the note. Those Chinese characters were derived from the music theory of the Southern Sung period, and this later became the way to read each Chinese character in Japanese.

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    Myouan Sinpou ryu Honkyoku Zensyu
This comprehensive anthology is intended to clarify in its entirety the repertory handed down at the Myoan temple in Kyoto that represents
the original source of classical shakuhachi music.
It consists of eleven CDs featuring outstanding performances by Syodo Sakai .
I't includes the complete repertory of 63 pieces,
including 24 pieces classified as “secret ”,whose transmission outside the temple was originally prohibited, along with the traditional notation of all the pieces.
This is an invaluable resource that will surely come to constitute one of the key materials and treasures in the world of the Shakuhachi.

Price132000 yen


    Sakai Shodo’s“Tsuru No Sugomori” Gotai (Five versions of “Nesting of Cranes”)
Released internationally by Kojima Recordings, Inc., on October 17th, 2006.It was released internationally by Kojima ecordings, Inc., and received the grand prize in the record division at the Art Festival of the Agency for Cultural Affairs.
Grand prize winner of the Art Festival of the Agency for Cultural Affairs.
This CD demonstrates Shodo Sakai’s exceptional performance technique. The widely-known Shakuhachi piece “Tsuru No Sugomori” (Nesting of Cranes) is being performed in various styles which have been passed down in the different regions of Japan.
In addition, instead of using the modern instrument, Shodo uses the “Jinashi Shakuhachi” (Natural Bore Shakuhachi), which utilizes the natural characteristics of bamboo and makes it possible to perform the highly technical piece.(The Agency for Cultural Affairs)

Price CD 2,940yen /  5-sheets of music 7,600yen


    All the pieces(14 music)of composed by Chikuou Sakai.

CD(3-CDs) 7,000 yen /  14-sheets of music 14,100yen

    DVD kkkPerformed by Shodo Sakai
Sinpou ryu(secret piece) Sika no toune.
Sinpou ryu(secret piece) Kangetu /Second Kangetu
FutaikenTuru no sugomori
DVD 2,500 yen /  4-sheets of music 6,800yen  

Nezasa ha Kinpuuryu classical Honkyoku all 14 pieces

CD 5,000yen
 14-sheets of music (adjustment)


    Myouan Sinpou ryu secret piece/Shinsekireihou
Ryumeichou/composed by Chikuou Sakai  

CD 1,500 yen /  2-sheets of music 2,200yen

In the shakuhachi score of a Chikuho style, the case of purchase hope
Please ask to a CHikuho style shakuhachi head family secretariat.

 Chikuho Ryu Shakuhachi : Membership and Qualification
  You can become a member when you register and pay the annual fee for it.
(Only Chikuho Ryu members can assert that he/she belongs to Chikuho Ryu)
Moreover, you can obtain a certificate of Chikuho Ryu education. Distance-lerning is also available.
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