History

In 1918 a group of noh musicians based in Kyoto formed the first Doumeikai(同盟会). After an interruption due to the outbreak of Second World War, in 1955 they resumed their activities under the name Douwakai(同和会).

 

Since then the group has produced performances events once a year. In 1986 the groups has changed back to Doumeikai(同明会). From 2003 to 2011, the Hayashido performance event, focusing on the musicality of nō music, has been performed together with Doumeikai noh, taking place every year in February. In October 2011 the Doumeikai has been legally established as a general incorporated association. From 2012 the group has started the noh music children workshop Kodomo nohgaku hayashi kyoshitsu, aiming at transmitting the beauty of noh theatre to the next generations.

 

Directors and members

Chief director

Sugi Ichikazu

Morita school flute player
Studied with Sugi Ichitaro and Morita Mitsuharu
Born in 1952
Designated as Holder of Important Intangible Cultural Heritage
1990 Kyoto City New Artist Award
2013 Kyoto Prefecture Cultural Lifetime Achievement Award
2017 Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts
2018 40th Hosei University Nohgaku Award
2019 Medal with Purple Ribbon Award

Director

Sako Yasuhiro

Morita school flute player
Studied with Sugi Ichikazu
Born in 1966
Designated as Holder of Important Intangible Cultural Heritage

http://www.nohkan.net/

Director

Kichisaka Ichiro

http://www.senuhima.com/

Okura school shoulder drum player
Studied with Okura Genjiro and Kichisaka Shuichi
Born in 1965
Designated as Holder of Important Intangible Cultural Heritage

Director

Taniguchi Masatoshi

Ishii school hip drum player
Studied with Taniguchi Masayoshi
Born in 1968
Designated as Holder of Important Intangible Cultural Heritage

http://t-masatoshi.com/

Director

Maekawa Mitsunori

Komparu school stick drum player

Studied with the Komparu Soemon XXII, Maekawa Mitsutaka, Maekawa Mitsunaga.
Born in 1979

1998 Kyoto City New Artist Award

http://bouzu-2929.cocolog-nifty.com/

Auditor

Morita Yasuyoshi

Morita school flute player
Studied with Morita Junto
Born in 1963
Designated as Holder of Important Intangible Cultural Heritage

http://www.senuhima.com/

Member

Sugi Shintaro

Morita school flute player
Studied with Sugi Ichikazu
Born 1986

http://ameblo.jp/sugishintaro-blog/entry-11880994207.html

Member

Takemura Hideo

Ko school shoulder drum player
Studied with Ko Yoshimitsu, Takemura Ryunosuke, Takemura Keinosuke
Born in 1936
Designated as Holder of Important Intangible Cultural Heritage

Member

Hayashi Kichibei

Ko school shoulder drum player
Studied with Ko Masakage, Sowa Hiroshi, Hayashi Kichibei XII
Designated as Holder of Important Intangible Cultural Heritage

http://www.mokusoukai.net/

Member

Takemura Hidetoshi

Ko school shoulder drum player
Studied with Ko Yoshimitsu, Takemura Ryunosuke, Takemura Keinosuke
Born in 1936
Designated as Holder of Important Intangible Cultural Heritage

Member

Sowa Kodo

Ko school shoulder drum player
Studied with Sowa Hiroshi, Sowa Masahiro
Born in 1973
Designated as Holder of Important Intangible Cultural Heritage
2009 Kyoto City New Artist Award
2012 Kyoto Prefecture Cultural Prize, Encouragement Award

http://www.p-kodou.com/

Member

Hayashi Yamato

Ko school shoulder drum player
Studied with Sowa Hiroshi, Hayashi Kichibei XIII
Born in 1982

http://www.mokusoukai.net/

Member

Furuta Tomohide

Ko school shoulder drum player
Studied with Sowa Hiroshi, Sowa Masahiro
Born in 1974
Designated as Holder of Important Intangible Cultural Heritage

http://www.yo-pon.net/

Member

Hayashi Hiroki

http://www.mokusoukai.net/

Ko school shoulder drum player
Studied with Sowa Hiroshi and Hayashi Kichibei XIII
Born in 1984

Member

Ibayashi Seiichi

Ishii school hip drum player
Studied with Taniguchi Katsuzo
Born in 1937
Designated as Holder of Important Intangible Cultural Heritage

Member

Kawamura Masaru

Ishii school hip drum player

Studied with Taniguchi Masayoshi, Kawamura Soichiro
Born in 1060
Designated as Holder of Important Intangible Cultural Heritage
1996 Kyoto City New Artist Award

http://www.senuhima.com/

Member

Ishii Yasuhiko

Ishii school hip drum player
13th Iemoto of the Ishii school

Studied with Taniguchi Masayoshi, Ishii Nihe

Born 1964
Designated as Holder of Important Intangible Cultural Heritage

Member

Ibayashi Hisato

Ishii school hip drum player
Studied with Taniguchi Masayoshi, Ibayashi Seiichi
Born in 1969
Designated as Holder of Important Intangible Cultural Heritage

Member

Watanabe Satoshi

Ishii school hip drum player
Studied with Taniguchi Masayoshi, Taniguchi Masatoshi
Born in 1979

Member

Kawamura Rintaro

Ishii school hip drum player
Studied with Kawamura Soichiro and Kawamura Masaru
Born in 1997

Member

Maekawa Susugu

Komparu school stick drum player

Studied with Maekawa Sokan
Born 1934
Designated as Holder of Important Intangible Cultural Heritage

Member

Maekawa Mitsunaga

Komparu school stick drum player

Studied with Komparu Soemon XXII, Maekawa Sokan, Maekawa Mitsutaka
Born 1952
Designated as Holder of Important Intangible Cultural Heritage
1989 Kyoto City New Artist Award
2016 Kyoto Prefecture Cultural Lifetime Achievement Award

Member

Inoue Keisuke

Kanze school stick drum player
Studied with Kanze Motonobu, Kotera Shunzo
Born in 1955
Designated as Holder of Important Intangible Cultural Heritage

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