About us

The air trembling when the strings are plucked.
When the sound that speaks there drifts in, the clouds boil.

Heike Monogatari scrolls tied with strings that emerge from the clouds.
When you forget your own existence through study and civility
The strings unravel and the story opens.

I want to untie each story with care.
We would like to meet you and your heirarchs drifting through 800 years.
With this in mind, we continue to learn today.

From the Grand Council of State
I read The Tale of the Heike in my late 30s. It was a time when I was very busy and had lost my physical and mental balance. I read the simple upper and lower volumes of the tale to get the gist of the story, watched the historical drama “Taira no Kiyomori” to get an idea of the characters, and from there I read the entire book. I was not always a fan of the classics or history, nor did I grow up in a house associated with the arts. A simple opportunity led me to expand my interest little by little, and it was the Tale of the Heike that sunk deep into my heart. Even now, as I study Heikyoku under a master, there are still many things I don’t understand and everything is still poor, but the time I spend immersed in the story and imagining the unseen scenery is a strong support for my body and mind. The bonds of family, the bonds of master and servant, the bonds of man and woman, risking one’s life for someone else, thinking of the time we will never see each other again, shedding tears at the sight of them walking away. The Heike Monogatari, with its complex mixture of friend and foe, good and evil, historical and creative, makes me, in my 40s, realize many things.

You don’t have to know all the stories of the Tale of the Heike or be an expert on history. I would be happy if the Tale of the Heike could reach those who need it, even if only in a small way, to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life by immersing themselves in the story as I did then, or to refine their own sensibilities by imagining the scenery.

biwa (Japanese lute)
Heike biwa Raiden
Ishida Fushaku V. The name comes from the lightning that calls the clouds to come down.

Raised in a family with no connection to the arts, she worked in mail-order sales and promotional planning design from her 20s. In her late 30s, when she lost her mental and physical balance due to work, she encountered the Tale of the Heike and found salvation through immersion in it. Since 2019, she has been studying under Suda Seishu, a Heike biwa performer of the Satsuma biwa seiha. The coronavirus pandemic led her to decide to deepen her studies. Since 2024, she has been developing The Tale of the Heike Listened to by Heike Biwa in various places and in various forms.

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