Sunday, October 25, 2015

Kodo Higuchi (Suzuki) Taizan 樋口 対山 1856 – 1914

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Myoanji Caretaker Playing Shakuhachi before Taizan's Gravesite

The new Myoan-kyokai named Suzuki Taizan (Kodo) as the head shakuhachi master. Since he has been adopted by the Higuchi family in Kyoto , he used the name Higuchi Taizan. Taizan was born in the third year of the Ansei, 1856, in Nagoya and died in the third year of the Taisho, 1914. He received his first shakuhachi training from Kanemoto Seien, the founder of the Seien-ryu in Nagoya , and mastered the honkyoku repertory. In the 18th year of Meiji (1885) he moved to Kyoto , where he continued his shakuhachi training with the great master Ozaki Shinryu and Tsukahara Gyokuda. In addition to the eleven honkyoku from the Seien-ryu, which constituted the main repertory, he also arranged and compiled twenty-one other honkyoku pieces that were preserved in the different temples of the Fuke-shu after the Dajokan Fukoku decree in 1871. Higuchi Taizan applied a new notation system with ro, tsu, re, chi, ha, I to them, instead of using the traditional fu, ho, u, e, ya. I system. Higuchi Taizan became the 35th Kanshu of the temple Myoanji.

One of the most prominent schools within the Myoan-Ha, is the Taizan-ryu. He spent much of his time collecting and organizing pieces from the Myoan tradition as well as many others. His outstanding talents as a player and his work expanding the repertoire of the Myoan Society revitalized the Myoan tradition. He is called “the founder of the restoration of the Myoan-ha”. “Kodo” compiled the Honkyoku that is currently used in the Myoan-Ha today.

Jishô Sakuhi, the 34th Abbot of Myoanji