松豊会 MATSUTOYO KAI

松豊会は1966年より米国カリフォルニア州を中心に活動している民謡・端唄グループです。 現在50名以上の生徒さんが在籍しており、言語・年齢を問わずさまざまな方が三味線・唄のお稽古に日々励んでおります。 2006年にはNPO法人を設立し、春夏秋冬を通し40以上のショーを催し アメリカで日本文化の要である邦楽のすばらしさを広める活動を行っております.

Matsutoyo Kai was established in Northern California by Matsutoyo Sato in 1966 shortly after she arrived from Japan. For ten years Matsutoyo Kai was based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

In 1976 Matsutoyo Sato moved to the Los Angeles area extending the reach of Matsutoyo Kai to the Southern California area, where it is now based.

In 2006 Matsutoyo Kai became a nonprofit organization. The primary objective and purpose of Matsutoyo Kai shall be to pass on the Traditional Music of Japan and to create and leave a Japanese music Legacy. Part of that purpose is to provide instruction in singing, shamisen, taiko, and ka-ne and to give public performances in Japanese Folk and Classical Music. With Matsutoyo Sato as Artistic Director we will continue to expand Matsutoyo Kai, keeping this rare “Art” of Japanese History alive.

Matsutoyo Kai 45th Anniversary Recital

民謠 MINYO Traditional Japanese Folk Music

MINYO Folk songs point to the musical singing passed down for many generations as universal songs. While Japan had been a maritime country, it was also an agricultural country centered on rice farming.

In Japan, work songs have been the mainstream of folk songs. Their lyrics often started with a prayer for a good harvest and prosperity. Folk songs have breathed in the lives of people in a free environment, with no need for special protection for a long time.


Matsutoyo Sato’s Japanese Folk Music


Supported in part by awards from the
Los Angeles County Arts Commission and
National Endowment for the Art