PROFILE

 
Honjoh Hidetaro
Shamisen Musician
Composer


When listening to the performance of Mr. Honjoh, I notice that he is not only the first class musician but also a peuliar philosopher. All past samisen players who existed in my memory played the mellifluous vocable with peculiar light to teach sound. Mr. Honjoh is not bound by the stone with a heavy name of such tradition. And yet he has issued a taste of the past, and moreover plays with his peculiar sound. He as an artist is standing astride on the shamisen music of the past and present as the colossus of Rhodes.
Faubion Bowers(1990 )

Honjoh Hidetaro began shamisen lessons in 1956, learning the folk Japanese arts of nagauta, hauta, kouta and minyo. Then he studied at the NHK Training Course for Traditional Music Performers. In 1971 he gave himself the professional name of Honjoh Hidetaro and established Risogaku as his own musical style. At the same time, he established the Honjoh School. Risogaku is a genre of Japanese traditional and folk music. He sponsors the "Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai" and puts great effort into wide-ranging public promotion of folk songs and folk entertainment. Honjoh Hidetaro also continues his own personal music activities. Over many years he has collected a great many traditional hauta and has also composed a number of new hauta. His music is not confined to a classical Japanese framework. He collaborates with musicans of a variety of genres and has held numerous performances in Japan and overseas.

- 1983 Awarded "4th Matsuo Art Entertainment Prize - Japanese Folk Music Prize of Excellence"
- 1986 Awarded Arts Festival Prize by the Agency for Cultural Affairs
- 1991 Awarded Arts Festival Prize by the Agency for Cultural Affairs
- 2004 Awarded 54th Monbukagakusho Outstanding Achievements in Cultural Affairs Prize
- 2007 Awarded Purple Ribbon Medal
- 2007 Awarded Master Rank Prize by Nihonminyokyokai.

In 1983 Honjoh Hidetaro won the 4th Matsuo Performing Arts Prize for "Excellence in Japanese Folk Music" for his achievements. He has promoted Japanese folk music widely overseas, created guidance for the younger generation, and composed music for shamisen. In 1985 and 1990 he received an "Art Festival Prize" for his contribution to the annual arts festival sponsored by the Agency for Cultural Affairs.

He also does collaboration on composition activities with modern music and folk music using Japanese musical instruments. He has released several new CDs including "Sange," "Amateru," "Keten," "Sangen," "Hauta," "Risogaku," "Kaiki," "Nu·Qua·Ta." and "Lullaby Songs." He has performed on stage and has made television appearances, along with composition activities for commercials and in the direction of music programs in Japan and abroad.

He has conducted 26 "Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai" performances, and put his efforts into the wide promotion of music. Over many years, he has collected more than 350 "Hauta" songs (a type of Japanese traditional music). He is presently giving concerts of Hauta songs, with a goal to sing all of his collected sogs within the next ten years.

He is a member of the JASRAC (Japanese Music Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers), the Society for Japanese Folk Music and the Modern Japanese Music Composer's Association. He is a member of the steering committee for Contemporary Shamisen Music Association, a goodwill ambassador for Ibaragi prefecture, head of the Association for the Encouragement and Preservation of Japanese Folk Music and honorary professor of the Japan Folksong and Dance Foundation.

 


  - Participated in Honjoh Hidetaro / Matsuoka Seigow, "Shami Zanmai" -5-
  - Participated in 17th Kitamaekikouchi Forum in Kaga Hashidate / Yamanaka Onsen
Honjo Hidetaro Special performance
  - Participated in Eishiba no Kai
  - Presented a Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai concert,
"Hauta - Listening to the sounds of Edo" -Kioi Series vol.34-
  - Geido 50 Anniversary Concert
Kiyoko Takahashi to 50 years of History -
  - Nihon Oyako no Kizuna project 2015
  - Participated in Honjoh Hidetaro / Matsuoka Seigow, "Shami Zanmai" -4-
  - Participated in Yanagawa Shamisen Hayashi Mineko ka, Kyoto ALTI
  - Presented The 50th Honjoh Ryu Honjoh Kai Tokyo Performance
"Yasashii Kuni ni sugonde sourou"
  - Participated in the Muneyama-ryu 20th anniversary dance concert
  - J:COM Honjoh Hidetaro SHAMISENKA has been started since started since June.
  - Participated in Honjoh Hidetaro / Matsuoka Seigow, "Shami Zanmai" -3-
  - Participated in Honjoh Hidetaro -Nihon no Oto-
  - Presented Honjoh Hidetaro -Kokoro no Hukei- [Kashima performance]
  - Participated in Japan-South Korea traditional music workshops and concerts
Korea normalization of diplomatic relations 50 anniversary day
  - Participated in Honjoh Hidetaro / Matsuoka Seigow,
"Shami Zanmai" -2-
  - Visited performance at Setagaya elementary and junior high schools.
  - Presented a Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai concert,
"Hauta - Listening to the sounds of Edo" -Kioi Series vol.33-
  - Participated in Tokushima Japanese music Renaissance
Chapter 2 Gendaiwo ikiru Fougaku seitou ka itan
shamisen no kikotsu
     
2014 - Honjoh Hidetaro / Matsuoka Seigow,
"Shami Zanmai" - 1 -
2014 - Participated in the concert"Sound of requiem,”at Yuracs Koriyama.
2014 - Participated in the concert"Sound of requiem,”at Yuracs Koriyama.
  - Presented a Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai concert, "Listening to the sounds of Edo Hauta -Hananomichi" at Kioi Small Hall.
  - Presented a Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai special concert, "Ogurabushi ni yosete" at Kitakyushu Performing Arts Center.
  - Participated in the concert, "Ame no Tuki, Tokyo Shimbun female distinguished family dance competition,”at National Theatre.
  - Participated in the concert"Shin-Nihon Ongaku Shou,” at National Theatre ( Small Theatre).
  - Presented the 6th Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai concert, "Telling of Poems -Hinauta" at Kioi Small Hall.
  - Participated in the concert"HANASAKU YUBE,”at Mitukoshi Theatre.
  - Participated in the concert"Nihonongaku no Kousai,”at Kioi Small Hall.
  - Held the 10th Risogaku Concertt at Kioi Small Hall
  - Participated in the concer, "Nougakudou de miru Dentougeinou shiriizu 30 Kami to Hito no Geinou" at Toyota City Concert Hall Nohgakudo
  - Presented a Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai concert, "Hauta - Listening to the sounds of Edo" -Kioi Series vol.32-
2013 - Visited performance at Setagaya elementary and junior high schools.
  - Presented a Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai concert, "Listening to the sounds of Edo Hauta -Koi no Fumi" at Kioi Small Hall.
  - Presented the 5th Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai concert, "Listening to the sounds of Edo Hauta -Hinauta" at Kioi Small Hall.
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Beads vol.2 "Otono Inori Contemporary shamisen -Utaitainoha Shamisendesu-," at oumigakudou.

  - Performed and directed the music for "Shunkin" directed by Simon McBurney, wizard of theatrical perormances in New York, Hyogo, Tokyo, Singapore, Michigan Los Angeles.
  - Participated in the concert"Kanda Fukumaru Shinobusou,”at Mitukoshi Theatre.
  - Held the 9th Honjoh Ryu Risogaku concert at Kioi Small Hall
2012 - Presented a Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai concert, "Listening to the sounds of Edo Hauta -Amakakeru" at Kioi Small Hall.
  - Participated in the concert, "The 20th Tachibana Yoshie no Kai,” at Tokyo National Theatre(Tokyo)
  - Presented the 4th Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai concert, "Telling of Poems -Hinauta" at Kioi Small Hall.
  - Presented,"Itako Furyu Festival" at Itako Maekawa (Itako-Ayame-en)
  - Visited performance at Setagaya elementary and junior high schools.
  - Held the 8th Honjoh Ryu Risogaku concert at Kioi Small Hall
  - Presented a Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai concert, "Listening to the sounds of Edo Hauta -Akioshimu" at Kioi Small Hall.
  - Participated in the concert, "30 anniversary Ngasaki Irohakai, Risogaku "Vidro,”at Nagasaki-koukaidou.
2011 - Visited performance at Setagaya elementary and junior high schools.
  - Presented a Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai concert, "Listening to the sounds of Edo Hauta -Haneusagi" at Kioi Small Hall.
  - Participated in the concert,"Hanayagi jusuke, Sanju,” at Tokyo International Forum A hall.
  - Participated in the concert,"Sumida River Art Project ,”at Asahi Art Square.
  - Participated in the concert,"East Japan earthquake disaster reconstruction Memorial Concert- -Ganbarou! Futaba-cho" at Saitama Kisai High School.
  - Participated in the concert,"Utawa Ngareru" at Toyota City Noh Theater.
  - Encouraging event of Higashi Nihon Dai Jishin
Furusato no Minyo Ganbaro! Futabamachi
Regression - "concert she is well" Itako reconstruction Memorial (Itako hinode junior high school)
  - Held the 7th Honjoh Ryu Risogaku concert at Kioi Small Hall
  - Participated in the concert"Kaga, Mitukoshi Minyosai,”at Ymanakaza.
  - Participated in the concert"80 anniversary Tgotohal,” at Imperial Hotel 
  - Participated in the concert"Kuramakai,” at Shinbashi-enbujo
  - Participated in the concert"Ito,”at Ishikawa Ongakudo Hall.
  - Participated in the concert"Ganbarou Ibaragi -Fuurusato eno Omoiwokomete-,” at Jyokokuji, Itagoshi.
  - Participated in the concert"Fukumaru recital,”
  - Hel d The 4th "Tsutae Uta" at Fukuoka Papillon 24.
  - Presented a Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai concert, "Listening to the sounds of Edo Hauta -Akisame" at Kioi Small Hall.
  - Presented a Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai concert, "Listening to the sounds of Edo Hauta -Tobiusagi" at Kioi Small Hall.
2010 - Presented a Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai concert, "Listening to the sounds of Edo Hauta -Karuta" at Kioi Small Hall.
  - Participated in the concert"Japanese Lullaby -little work song and lullaby talk-,” at Uchisaiwaicho Hall.
  - Participated in the concert"Toyama Lullaby,” sponsored by Toyama newspaper.
  - Participated as an extention performance at Setagaya elementary school.
  - Presented the 3rd Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai concert, "Listening to the sounds of Edo Hauta Hinauta, poetry shares the next generation" at Kioi Small Hall.
  - Participated in the Tokyo Cultural Dispatch Project,"Departure from Tokyo Tradition WA Impress."
  - Presented the 45th Honjoh Kai performance of the Honjoh School,"Music Under the Trees" in the Great Hall of the National Theatre of Japan in Tokyo.
Part 1 " Matsu (Pine) "
Part 1 Ethnic music "The land of Songs"
Part 2 Hauta " The Flowers of Edo"
Part 3 Contemporary Ethinic Songs "Music Under the Trees"
  - Held Honjoh Ryu Risogaku concert in the Great Hall of the National Theatre of Japan in Tokyo.
(co-sponsorship : Tokyo Culture Creation Project)
Dance Risogaku: "Michinoku Sanbaso"
Dancer:
Ichikawa Kamejiro (Risogaku "Semakura")
Hanayagi Toshinami(Living National Treasure) (Risogaku "Haruno Yoiyume")
Tachibana Yoshie (Risogaku "Nyonin Tsunoda -Tayutahu-"
)
  - Held "Beads -The Prayers of Music-"at Hakuju Hall.
Special guest: Wang Yu (Chinese shamisen player)
  - Performed and directed the music for "Shunkin" directed by Simon McBurney, wizard of theatrical perormances in London, Paris, Tokyo and Taipei.
2009 - Presented a Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai concert, "Listening to the sounds of Edo Hauta -Fukuyose" at Kioi Small Hall.
  - Performed and directed the music for "Shunkin" directed by Simon McBurney, wizard of theatrical perormances in both London and Tokyo.
  - Presented the second Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai concert, "Listening to the sounds of Edo Hauta -Hinauta, poetry shares the next generation" at Kioi Small Hall.
  - Presented the fifth Risogaku Concert at the Kio Small hall.
  - Participated in the Tokyo Cultural Dispatch Project,"Departure from Tokyo Tradition WA Impress."
  - Performed and directed music of the Kioi Japanese Music Drama,"Matsunoya Okei."
2008 - Presented Honjoh Hidetaro "Telling of Poems - Hinauta"Kioi Hall, Tokyo
  - Performed and advised the music for the movie,"Silk" directed by Francois Girard.
  - Performed and directed the music for the movie," Shunkin"directed by Simon McBurney.
  - Presented Honjoh Hidetaro, Listening to the sounds of Edo "The clouded moon night" Kioi Hall, Tokyo
  - Participated in the Honjoh Hidetaro, Listening to the sounds of Edo "The clouded moon night" Kioi Hall, Tokyo
    Participated in the Nara Zenkoji temple South Gate performance for worship.
  - Presented the 4th Honjoh Ryu Risogaku Concert at Kioi Small Hall.
  - Provided musical Direction for the Movie "Koume Sister".
  - Appeared as guest artist for the performance of "Chitoshan tei," 20th Shamisen Katou Anniversary Event.
  - Composed and Performed the Risogaku "Echu Mandara" at the The World Festival of Performing Arts in Toyama."
2007 - Presented Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai concert, "Listening to the sounds of Edo Hauta -Taro's Moon" at Kioi Small Hall.
  - Presented Honjoh Hidetaro's First Publication "Honjoh Hidetaro Shamisenkatari," Celebration Party, Tokyo Hotel New Ohtani
  - Presented Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai concert, "Listening to the sounds of Edo Hauta -The Remains of Summer" at Kioi Small Hall.
  - Appeared as guest artist at the Hamuza El Din Rememberance Concert
  - Supervised Japanese music for Shimada Kahou Main Cast
  - Director of music and repeat performance for "Hokuetsushi." Kioi Doll Japanese Music Hall
  - Presented the 3rd Honjoh Ryu Risogaku Concert at Kioi Small Hall
  - Performed in the Nara Yakushiji Great Hall Corridor Completion Celebration Performance
  - Presented Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai concert, "Listening to the sounds of Edo Hauta -The fading Autumn" at Kioi Small Hall.
  - Performed 2nd country song and the melody that remains in the heart "Telling Songs," Meijiseimei Hall.
  - Performed and directed shamisen for the movie "Jirochou Sangokushi." directed by Makino Masahiko and Tsugawa Masahiko.
  - Performed Yokosuka Mugensho (1st chapter 5 parts) and directed music for Yokosuka city's 100th Anniversary Commemoration Citizen Event - Rememberence of Sakamoto Riyuuma's wife, Oryo.
2006 - Presented Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai concert, "Listening to the sounds of Edo Hauta -Hananokai-" at Kioi Small Hall.
  - Participated in the 18th Modern Japanese Music, The trails of Creation "Shamisen Performance of Japanese Folk Music."
  - Director of Music and Performance for "Hokuetsushi." Kioi doll Japanese Music Hall,
  - Presented Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai concert, "Listening to the sounds of Edo Hauta - Dew drops of Summer-" at Kioi Small Hall.
  - Presented First country song and the melody that remains in the heart "Telling Songs," Meijiseimei Hall.
  - Performed at Atagoyama classical performing arts festival - Kouta, Hauta no hitotoki"
  - Presented 2nd Honjoh Ryu Risogaku concert at Kioi Small Hall.
  - Established Honjoh Ryu monument.
  - Presented Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai concert, "Listening to the sounds of Edo Hauta -Winter Night-" at Kioi Small Hall.
  - Presented Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai concert, "Listening to the sounds of Edo Hauta -Winter Night" at Meiji Yasuda Life Hall.
2005 - Appeared on the stage ,"The expert of the art - The cultural festival in the forest" and performed " Hauta" at Tourinsou, Meiji Jingu.
  - Presented the 40th Honjoh Kai performance of the Honjoh School in the Great Hall of the National Theatre of Japan in Tokyo.
Part 1 " Matsu (Pine) "
Part 2 Chamber music of regional pleasure quarters " Hanazome"
Part 3 Hauta " Omokage"
Part 4 Japanese Contemporary art of folk music " Kiokuenotsuro Kaiki"

  - Held Honjoh Ryu Risogaku concert in the Great Hall of the National Theatre of Japan in Tokyo.
Nagauta "Kakitsubata ni yosu," Risogaku "
Kotobuki yoshiwaraniwaka," Buto Risogaku "Ame no Tsuki," Risogaku "Shunkan," etc.
Performed Buto Risogaku in "Ai to Beni" for Living National Treasure, Nakamura Jakuemon.
  - Presented Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai concert, "Listening to the sounds of Edo Hauta, -Nagorinotsuki-" at Kioi Small Hall.
  - Performed in "If you were to compare Traditional Japanese Music and Western Music, 17 -Flower-," "Hauta -Yozakura-" performances.
  - Presented Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai concert, "Listening to the sounds of Edo Hauta, -Hatsuakane-" at Kioi Small Hall.
  - Presented Nagoya Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai concert, "Hauta, Listening to the sounds of Edo" at Nagoya Chuden Hall.
  - Performed Nigata Miyage(Niigata Ondo), Kyo Zashikimai (Garden of Imperial palace), Edo Festival(Kanda Festival) at the 32nd NHK Telivision Traditional Arts Appreciation.
2004 - Presented Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai concert, "Listening to the sounds of Edo Hauta -Yoshiwara-" at Kioi Small Hall.
  - Participated in Foodpia Kanazawa (Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture)
Performances themed on "Traditional Japanese Music and Food".
  - "Feeling, Listening and Enjoying Edo Hauta Vol.10 Edo song almanac"
Compositions, talk and performance at Katsushika Symphony Hills.
  - Presented Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai concert, "Listening to the sounds of Edo Hauta, -Shinonomegusa-"
  - 17th Tachibana Yoshie no Kai "Tsuki no Ame" performance.
  - Presented Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai concert, " Listening to the sounds of Edo Hauta -Nagori-."
  - Director at Mitsukoshi Theatre music, composition and performance.
2003 - Held Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai concert titled "Hauta in Edo-Hatsune -Miren-" at Kioi Small Hall.
  - Held Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai concert titled "Listening, watching and experiencing the sound of Edo" Meguro Park. Edo 400th year memorial event. Hauta performance.
  - Presented Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai concert, "Hauta, Listening to Omokage".
  - Participated in Shamisen Festival at Tokyo Art Theatre
Performed contemporary Shamisen "Kyorai" and "Enjoying the sounds of Japan".
  - 45th Nature Park Concert
ATAVUS performed "Amateru," "Kugutsu", "Tsuki no Fune," "Suikyu".
2002 - Performed and lectured on "TENT 2002 KOUENDORI DE AIMASHO" as a weekly guest - NHK-BS / NHK-TV.
  - Held Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai concert titled "Hauta in Edo-Yuki" at Kioi Small Hall.
  - Performed and lectured "Taikan Edogaku, Hauta in Edo - Miren Vol. 8" at Katsushika Symphony Hills.
  - Composed "Yamato" for Kanazawa Akiko no Kai and performed at Act 1, which was held at Aoyama Round Theatre.
  - Held The 6th Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai concert titled "Hauta in Edo" in Fukuoka.
  - Composed and played in The World of Noguchi Ujyo titled "Jyunikyo" and "Komurokozasa "- NHK Hi-Vision TV
  - Held Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai concert titled "Hauta in Edo-Ame" at Kioi Small Hall.
  - Performed Shamisen solo music titled "Kyorai" for The Concert of Works of Seihou Kineya at Asahi Seimei-Hall.
  - Performed the 5th "You Can Feel Edo in Itako" in the Itakoza boathouse.
  - Held Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai concert titled "Hauta in Edo-Ominaeshi" at Kioi Small Hall.
  - Appeared on NHK educational TV “Wanotanoshimi Honjoh Hidetaro no Shamisen Chinchiriren”
Performed and lectured the pleasure of Japanese "WA."
    本條秀太郎の三味線ちんちり連 テキスト
  - Composed and Performed the Risogaku "chuui" at the The World Festival of Performing Arts in Tottori"
2001 - Composed and played for "The Water Festival in Graceful Song of the Heart" on NHK TV.
  - Performed "Hauta in Edo - Harutsugedori 7" in the Kioi Small Hall.
  - Composed and performed "Feeling Edogaku Hauta in Edo - The Pale Morning Moon Vol.7" at Katsushika Symphony Hills.
  - Appeared and performed in "Session in a Tent" on NHK TV.
  - Performed the 4th "You can feel Edo in Itako" in "Itakoza" boathouse.
  - Composed and played "Tauta" in "The Blessing of the Earth" on NHK TV.
  - Held the Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai concert titled "Hauta in Edo - Oboroyo" in Kitano Bungeiza of Nagano Prefecture.
  - Held the 5th Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai concert titled "Hauta in Edo" in Fukuoka.
  - Appeared on "Gei no Hana Butai" of NHK educational television and performed "Risougaku Shunkan" composed and performed by Honjoh Hidetaro.
  - Held the Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai concert titled "Hauta in Edo - Hotaru" in Kioi Small Hall.
  - Composed and played "Risogaku Koino Ukifune - Maboroshi no Uji" written by Tanabe Seiko for the 15th "Kamigata Hanabutai" at NHK Osaka Hall.
2000 - Appeared in the "Yamato Uchina Uta Asobi" Tomian Concert in Okinawa for charity in creating the Cultural Development Founds of Okinawa Prefectural Cultural Promotion Foundation.
  - Composed, performed and lectured for the talk show "Taikan Edogaku, Hauta in Edo Brief Encounter (Ouse) Vol. 6" at Katsushika Symphony Hills.
  - Performed "Risogaku Shunkan" on a tour of Berlin, Leipzig and Weimar in Germany.
  - Supervised the Japanese music for a Satomi Kotaro special performance.
  - Directed the original music for "DECIMA" written originally by Ichikawa Morikazu to commemorate ties between Nagasaki and Holland.
  - Performed the 3rd "You Can Feel Edo in Itako" in the Itakoza boathouse.
  - Held the 4th Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai concert titled "Hauta in Edo" in Fukuoka.
  - Held the 35th Honjoh Kai performance of the Honjoh School in the Great Hall of the National Theatre of Japan in Tokyo.
Celebration tune " Matsu (Pine) "
Part 1 Chamber music of regional pleasure quarters " Hanazome"
Part 2 Risogaku " Shirotsumekusa"
Part 3 Hauta " Shinonomekusa"
Part 4 Itakofuzei " Kahoyohana"
Part 5 Japanese Contemporary art of folk music " Tendohhana"
1999 - Composed and played "Modern Japanese Music - The Path to Creation" composed originally by composers of Japanese music.
  - Won high praise for the song "Yoru no Ame" on Fuji TV's "Kamiyui Isaji."
  - Appeared in the symposium "Land of the Japanese Heart - Expansion of Song and Dance" as a panelist and shamisen player.
  - Composed, performed and lectured for the show "Learn Edo Music Physically" (Taikan Edogaku), Hauta in Edo "Flowers and Snow (Hana to Yuki) Vol. 5" at Katsushika Symphony Hills.
  - Lectured in "Itakobushi" which traveled all over Japan as a cultural history promotion conference.
  - Performed the 2nd "You Can Feel Edo in Itako" in the Itakoza boathouse.
  - Sponsored, composed and played for the 26th Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai - "Minyo Kaiki Vol.5 (Return to Folk Music): Nukata" in the Yotsuya Kumin Kaikan.
  - Held the 3rd "Hauta, Hauta in Edo" concert in Fukuoka.
1998 - Composed, performed and lectured in the show "Taikan Edogaku, Hauta in Edo - Yoru no Yume Vol. 4" in Katsushika Symphony Hills.
  - Held and produced the 2nd Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai concert titled "Hauta in Edo" in Fukuoka and Hiroshima.
  - Used the Itakoza boathouse Presented "You Can Feel Edo in Itako" at the Itakoza bathhouse.
  - Participated in the 546th Mitsukoshi Meijinkai as "Honjoh Hidetaro - The World of Shamisen Music."
  - Took charge of the Japanese music for the year-long historical drama "Genroku Ryoran" in 1999.
  - Performed the 5th "Sadako."
  - Supervised Japanese music for the "Satomi Kotaro" performance.
1997 - Performed and lectured in the talk show "Taikan Edogaku, Hauta in Edo Kuruwa Hakkei Vol. 3" in Katsushika Symphony Hills.
  - Participated in "Japanese Dance in USA" sponsored by the Japanese Dance Foundation and performed in Seattle and Los Angeles. Composed and performed for "Risogaku Shunkan" danced by Jyuraku Hanayagi and others.
  - Held and produced Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai concert titled "Hauta in Edo" in Fukuoka, Nagoya and Takamatsu.
  - Performed "Risogaku Shunkan" as a triumphant Japanese performance at the National Theater of Japan sponsored by the Nihon Buyo Foundation.
  - Produced and held the Honjoh Kai concert at the Fukuoka Sun Palace in Fukuoka and the Great Hall of the Beppu B Concert Plaza, in four performances.
  - Produced and played the 25th Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai concert titled "Shamisen Recital - He Who Wants to Sing is a Shamisen" in ABC Hall.
  - Performed in the "AMATERU" tour of the Middle and Near East, including Tunisia, Morocco, United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi) and Bahrain. The modern music performance was played entirely on Japanese musical instruments.
  - Directed the Japanese music for year-long historical drama "Tokugawa Yoshinobu" in 1998.
1996 - Performed and lectured on the talk show "Taikan Edogaku, Hauta in Edo - Omokage Vol. 2" in Katsushika Symphony Hills.
  - Participated in the dedicatory show at an auditorium ground-breaking ceremony at Yakushiji.
  - Appeared in "Untitled Concert" on Asahi TV. Explained shamisen by Kuchi Shoga (Mouth Song) with band performance.
  - Held concerts in Budapest and Vienna. Performed Edo Hauta and original compositions with the Vienna Philharmonia at the Opera House and in the Garden of the Scheinprun Palace.
  - Composed and produced the 4th Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai concert titled "Hauta in Edo." Announced a new hauta called "Hanahiko Yamameguri" with words by Domoto Masaki and music by Honjoh Hidetaro. Performers were Nomura Kosaburo and Hanayagi Motoi of the Noh comedy troupe (Kyogen Shi).
1995 - Composed, arranged and played "Minyo Akita Obako Monogatari Sadako" done under the motif of Akita Minyo. The leading lady was Asari Katsuyo.
  - Participated in the 50th anniversary of the United Nations performance for the Japan Foundation.
  - Participated in the Japan-Brazil Friendship 100th anniversary commemorative performance under the Japan Foundation program.
  - Participated in the 20th anniversary commemorative performance of MFJ (Music from Japan).
  - Commissioned for "Modern Japanese Music / The Possibilities of Japanese Instruments" for the 50th commemorative art festival for the Agency for Cultural Affairs. Composed and played "Renge no Fune" as the first entrusted premiere.
  - Composed and took charge of music for the 2nd performance of "Hamlet" (Shakespeare) produced by Peter Stormare at the Panasonic Globe Theater.
  - Collaborated on "The Memory of Bamboo" with Yamamoto Hozan and Sawai Tadao in the Asahi Hamarikyu Hall.
  - "Asian Sound - Songs and Strings" held with that theme to seek the roots of music culture in Asia. Appeared as a Japanese representative with other players from Japan, South Korea, Mongolia and Vietnam in the ABC Hall.
  - Performed and lectured in the talk show "Taikan Edogaku, Hauta in Edo - Yumeura Vol. 1" sponsored by the Katsushika City Cultural Foundation in Katsushika Symphony Hills. Composed for a concert and talk show. This concert was a workshop which included the indoor "hauta" song praised by many Old Edo people.
  - Participated in the Egypt performance tour "FAJR" sponsored by the Japan Foundation in Cairo, Suez and Alexandria. Did a collaboration with Hamza El Din, an oud player. Developed this by searching for the roots of stringed instruments.
  - Composed, arranged and performed in the second performance of the stage play "Minyo Akita Obako Monogatari Sadako."
1994 - Composed and played in "Koifuru wa Tsuminarazu" with the Asaoka Yukiji / Terayama Shuji Jun-ai Nana Kei. The leading lady was Asaoka Yukiji.
  - Held the 2nd Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai concert titled "Hauta in Edo." "Shinshun Kisokyoku" written by Ooka Makoto with music composed by Honjoh Hidetaro and principal dancer by Tachibana Yoshie.
  - Held the 3rd Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai titled "Hauta in Edo." "Song as Sad Parting," lyrics by Matsunaga Goichi, music by Honjoh Hidetaro, dancing by Ohno Kazuo, oud (percussion accompaniment) by Hamza El Din.
1993 - Directed the music for Shakespeare's "Hamlet" directed by Peter Stormare at the Panasonic Globe Theater.
  - Took charge of the Japanese music for the NHK special drama "Snow" directed by Higuchi Masahiro.
  - Took charge of the Japanese music section of "Music Drama-Hyohakusha Aria" in commemoration of NHK Hall's 20th anniversary.
  - Arranged and played "Songs for People of the 17th Century" (first part as staged) in "The Heart of Enka Ballad - Enka as Ethnic Music" for the 48th art festival sponsored by the Agency for Cultural Affairs. Also arranged and played "Flower" and "Chan-chiki Okesa" (2nd part on stage).
  - Held the 1st Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai concert titled "Hauta in Edo." Composed music for "Kuruwa Hakkei" written by Gunji Masakatsu. Miura Fumiko was the Japanese classical dancer.
1992 - Directed "UN DOKO" produced by Hosono Haruomi as the opening event for the Open-air Circle Theater of Tsugaru Earth Village in Morita in Aomori. This was an attempt to introduce traditional Japanese music such as folk song and Ainu and Jomon elements into modern music.
  - Participated in the Yamamoto Hozan-Japan Music Ensemble America Tour.
1991 - Supervised music for the movie "Kamigata Kugai Zoshi" which was originally written by Fujimoto Giichi.
  - "AMATERU ATAVUS 2" produced by Hosono Haruomi was held in Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, Beijing and Seville. The theme of this event was to inspire interest in Japanese traditional music and musical instruments such as minyo and shamisen as a part of world music.
  - Participated in "The Sound of the Earth - Ethnic Music, New Development" for the 46th commemorative art festival of the Agency for Cultural Affairs. Also played in "The Sea of Sand" (Honjoh Hidetaro composition) with an ensemble of Niko, Kohko and percussion instruments.
1990 - Participated in the Japan Foundation program "Japan Festa '90 which was performed in the United States. Introduced various possibilities of Japanese shamisen music from the 17th century to the Modern Age in Atlanta, Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto.
  - Participated in the "Music from Japan" in Washington D.C. and New York.
1989 - In order to preserve minyo as a form of Japanese folk music, he reorganized and modernized minyo at a production "ATAVUS"directed by Hosono Haruomi.
  - Participated in the Hosono Haruomi CD album titled "OMNI SIGHTSEEING" for orientation.
1988 - Took charge of music for the stage performance of "Okaru Monogatari" by Enomoto Shigetami starring Miura Fumiko.
1986 - Participated on tour to Paris with the Grand sumo.
  - Took charge of music for the NHK drama special "Tajimaya no Onatsu" produced by Wada Tsutomu.
1985 - Participated in the "Trip of Silk Road Music - Long Way to Peace" sponsored by The Min-on Concert Association and held in 26 cities in Japan.
  - Toured America with performances in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
1984 - Participated on tour to New York with the Grand Sumo.
1982 - Composed and presented his Tsugaru suite "Yukitsubaki" at the Evening of Ethnic Music at the National Theater of Japan for the 37th Commemorative Art Festival of the Agency for Cultural Affairs.
1977 - Took charge of the Japanese music for the movie "Hanare Goze Orin" starring Iwashita Shima.
  - Sponsored the 1st Concert in Hawaii, "Feeling of Japan - Nihon Minyo e no sasoi (Invitation to Japanese Folk Music)."
1975 - Costarred with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and the Matsuyama Ballet Company in a performance of "The Rainbow Bridge."
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Sponsored the 1st Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai - "Gen" (Rakuda and Fune - Silk Road / The Song of Silk -) at Yomiuri Hall. Since then he has sponsored a "Honjoh Hidetaro no Kai" concert every year.
  - Participated in the Munich Olympic World Folk Music Festival in Germany.
   

In 1983 Honjoh Hidetaro won the 4th Matsuo Performing Arts Prize for "Excellence in Japanese Folk Music" for his achievements. He has promoted Japanese folk music widely overseas, created guidance for the younger generation, and composed music for shamisen. In 1985 and 1990 he received an "Art Festival Prize" for his contribution to the annual arts festival sponsored by the Agency for Cultural Affairs.

He also does collaboration on composition activities with modern music and folk music using Japanese musical instruments. He has released several new CDs including "Sange," "Amateru," "Keten" and "Sangen." He has performed on stage and has made television appearances, along with composition activities for commercials and in the direction of music programs in Japan and abroad.

He is a member of the JASRAC (Japanese Music Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers), the Society for Japanese Folk Music and the Modern Japanese Music Composer's Association. He is a member of the steering committee for Contemporary Shamisen Music Association, a goodwill ambassador for Ibaragi prefecture, head of the Association for the Encouragement and Preservation of Japanese Folk Music and honorary professor of the Japan Folksong and Dance Foundation.