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Published : November 5, 2008
Western classical music in Japan was born here.
Sogakudo of Former Tokyo Music School


Sogakudo or Concert Hall of the Former Tokyo Music School was established in 1890 as the first concert hall in Japan. The hall, which was formerly attached to the Tokyo Music School, was rebuilt at the present location by Taito City in 1987 and designated as an important cultural property. The hall is also open to the public, and various musical events have been held there. (8-43 Ueno Park, Taito City)


Sogakudo or Concert Hall of the Former Tokyo Music School has been closed for building maintenance from April 1, 2013.

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Sogakudo of Former Tokyo Music School

Sogakudo of the Former Tokyo Music School

Sogakudo of the Former Tokyo Music School was established as Japan's first concert hall in 1890, at the dawn of modernization in Japan. The hall, however, became so old and deteriorated with the lapse of time. Although there were opinions suggesting that it should be demolished or relocated to the Meiji village museum in Inuyama City, Aichi Prefecture, the hall was rebuilt in Ueno Park because there was a movement to preserve it in Ueno which is the birthplace of Japan's modern music. The hall's exterior and interior reflect its long history.

Sogakudo of Former Tokyo Music School

The hall is located in a quiet neighborhood adjacent to the Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo Metro-politan Art Museum and Tokyo University of the Arts in Ueno Park. The wooden building has a taste of Meiji Period, evoking a sense of nostalgia as well as the Meiji spirit.

The statue of Rentaro Taki

A baroque style gabled ornament on top the roof


The statue of Rentaro Taki, created by sculptor Fumio Asakura who came from the same town as Taki, is placed in front of the hall. Taki composed "Kojo no Tsuki," or moonlit castle ruins, and died young at the age of 23. The same statue is placed at the remains of Oka Castle in Takeda City, Oita Prefecture, which is his hometown.


On top of the roof, there are a baroque style gabled ornament of a big drum placed between "harp" and "Sho wind instrument," which represents the harmony between the West and East.

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