Sunday, 25 February 2018

Missionary Chant/世界平和

現在うっとりしている曲です。今度の下北沢の図形音符合唱の会でみなさんに日本語で歌ってもらいたいと思います。図形音符の伝統と無関係の曲ですが私たちの会が歌えるために図形音符に書き直しました。前もって練習しようとすれば下のリンクをクリックしてください。練習のためだけです。ロボットが歌っています。 日時:3月3日、5~7時 場所:下北沢ナザレン教会 東京都世田谷区代田6-7-21 電話: 03-3468-2702
Ever since I heard this song, it's gripped me and won't let go. Here's a synthesized (by me) version of it, which I want to try in Japanese this coming Saturday at the Shimokitazawa singing. If you're going and you'd like to practice beforehand, you can go to the YouTube page, which will also have a link to the sheet music in shape notes. The tune is called Missionary Chant. It's not in any shape-note book, but like any music written in notes, the notes can be changed to shape notes, which, if you don't already know round notes, is much easier to learn. All the Japanese has romaji above it for anyone who needs it.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

第1土曜「図形音符合唱の会」/First Saturday Shape-Note Singing

English below




Announcing the First Saturday Shape-Note Singing (click link above for flyer with directions and map). We sing mainly from the Christian Harmony, but add old songs from Japan and other countries, all transposed into seven shapes!

The 1st Saturday of the month, 5:00-7:00 pm
Next singing: Saturday, March 3, 2018
Location: Shimokitazawa Church of the Nazarene
     6-7-21 Daita, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo

Through the ingenious device of shape notes, large groups can sight-sing in four-part a cappella with a harmony that makes your spirit soar. Relieves stress too! We look forward to singing with you.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

January Singing at St Alban's

We're branching out to include more weekend events at other venues!  Here's some information about the next Sacred Harp singing:

Date: Sunday, 28th January
Time: 1:30-3:00pm
Location: St Alban's Anglican Church 
3-6-25 Shiba Koen Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0011

We're especially happy to welcome new people who have wanted to give shape notes a try, but haven't been able to come to our Thursday night singings in Ikebukuro. If you're in Tokyo and have a couple of hours to spare on Sunday, the 28th - please join us!

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Ikebukuro monthly singing dates for 2018

Here are the dates for our upcoming third Thursday Sacred Harp singings in Ikebukuro for 2018:

January 18th
February 15th
March 15th
April 19th
May 17th
June 21st
July 19th
August (vacation)
September TBC
October TBC
November TBC
December TBC 

We meet at the Ikebukuro Anglican Church (池袋聖公会) from 7-9pm.  We're not strict about time, so just stop by whenever you can.

Online flyer with directions and map here:

As always, newcomers are welcome, books are provided, no experience is necessary, and it's free!   

If this is your first encounter with Sacred Harp, please take a look at the following links for more information:

First Time at a Sacred Harp Singing?


We hope to sing with you soon! 

Saturday, 16 December 2017

下北沢合唱の会/Shimokitazawa Singing

Follow the above link for details on a new singing from the Christian Harmony, a 19th-century American shape-note tunebook written in seven shapes. Especially of interest to those who are already familiar with do-re-mi. The sponsoring church intends to hold this every first Saturday of the month (Note: NOT Saturday before the first Sunday), but will hold a trial run first on
    Saturday, January 6, 2018
    6-8:00 pm
    Shimokitazawa Church of the Nazarene
    6-7-21 Daita
    Setagaya-ku, Tokyo

Please come. You know you'll be glad you did.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

December Ikebukuro Singing

Please note that our December singing at the Ikebukuro Anglican Church will be on the 14th of December.  This is a change from our usual third Thursday, due to the proximity of Christmas.  As always, all are welcome and we hope to see you there!

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

First Tokyo All-Day Singing


We're delighted to host our first all-day Sacred Harp singing here in Tokyo!

Join us for a day of singing at Ikebukuro Anglican Church (Ikebukuro Seikōkai) on Saturday, November 18th, 2017. We plan to start at 10:30, take a break for lunch (the first ever Japanese "dinner on the ground") and then keep singing till 4. After that we'll go to a local izakaya to socialise into the evening.

Then the next day, we'll sing a half day from the 7-shape Christian Harmony and other foreign and Japanese songs transcribed into 7-shape shape notes, hiragana, and roman letters. That's

Sunday, November 19th
1:00-4:00 pm
Nezu Church (note change of location)
1-19-6 Nezu, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

Afterwards, we plan to go to the underground passage between Tokyo Station and the Imperial Palace and just start singing.

Our usual monthly singing will be the Thursday before (the 16th).

Online flier here. チラシはこちらです。


10:30 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. (11:45-1:00 休憩)讃美歌集:セイクレッド・ハープ、その他の四図形音符
東京都豊島区西池袋5丁目24 - 5

1:00 - 4:00 P.M.
東京都文京区根津1丁目19 - 6