Composers/Poet/Editor Bios

Genda Shunichiro 

Composer. Received the Okamoto Prize after graduating at the top of the class of education I from this university. Studied under composer Naohiko Terashima. In addition to serving as a lecturer at chorus festivals and workshops, as well as judging competitions, he has published numerous publications such as "Furusato no Shiki", "One Day", and "Home Song Medley" from Kawai Publishing. Author of music textbook for high school art department. Mr. Saburo Takada, who taught Mr. Genda when he was a student, may have had an influence on him.

Miyara Choho 1883年3月18日 - 1939年6月29日

Born in Ishigaki Town, Yaeyama District, Okinawa Prefecture (now Ishigaki City). After graduating from Okinawa Normal School, he was assigned to teach at Yaeyamajima High School (now Ishigaki Municipal Tonoshiro Elementary School) in his hometown. In 1921, he became a teacher of the Okinawa Prefectural Normal School and composed more than 100 songs, including arrangements and adaptations of Yaeyama folk songs such as ``Shin-Asadoya Yunta,'' and the children's song ``Pea Flowers.'' He was called "Father of the Okinawan music world" and "Foster of Okinawa". The works composed by Nagakane Miyara are said to be treasures of Okinawa. Many of his works are based on traditional Okinawan music, and are colored with human kindness, warmth, nostalgia, and human love, and have been loved and sung by many people since the Meiji and Taisho eras.

Hokama Mieko 1945 - 2022

Graduated from Ryukyu University. Studied abroad in Austria and Italy as an overseas researcher of the Okinawa Prefectural Human Resource Development Foundation. After that, he traveled to Europe regularly. He has appeared in numerous concerts, including recitals, operas, Fauré & Mozart's Requiem, and solo performances of Messiah. In particular, we set the theme hosted by the Okinawa REIT Association. Held "Evening of German Lied and Aria" and "Friends of Music" each for 10 years. During that time, he often invited Charles Spencer, a professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, as his accompanist and was highly acclaimed. Released the CDs "Gift from Mother", "Miyara Choba Song Collection", "Haebaru Children's Songs, Old Songs", and "Okinawa Children's Songs". Received the Okinawa Times Art Encouragement Award, the Okinawa Prefecture Social Education Award, the Nanbu Culture Award, and the Haebaru Town Cultural Achievement Award, and is currently a representative of the Okinawa REIT Association. Conductor of Kuga Choir. Received the 59th Times Education Award.

Takata Saburo 1913年12月18日 - 2000年10月22日

Born in Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture. After attending Aichi Prefectural Daiichi Junior High School (currently Aichi Prefectural Asahigaoka High School), he studied harmony under Taijiro Go at Musashino Music School (currently Musashino Academia Musicae) normal course. In 1939, he graduated from the regular composition department of the Tokyo Music School (now Tokyo University of the Arts). He left a great number of choral works, among which many choirs still perform today, such as "Water Life," "Four Seasons of the Heart," "Watashi no Negai," "Inner Distance," and "Conflict and Peace." increase. A devout Christian, he was commissioned by the Catholic Bishops of Japan to compose liturgical hymns in Japanese.

Takano Kikuo 1927年11月20日 - 2006年5月1日

Japanese poet and mathematician. Born in Sado, Niigata Prefecture. Graduated from Utsunomiya Agricultural College. Worked as a Kanagawa Prefectural High School teacher (mathematics). Interested in surrealism, joined the VOU group in 1950 and Araji Doujin in 1953. It was published as the 60th volume of the "20th Century World Poet Book" by the large Italian publisher Mondalido. In 2005, he was listed in the special issue "400 Poets of the World in the 20th Century" of "Poesia", one of Europe's leading poetry magazines. After 30 years of silence, "To meet" was translated into English and received high acclaim.