Trade Regrets: Takehiko Akaboshi
Takehiko Akaboshi, legendary Japanese music therapist and founder of the world renowned Japan Music Volunteer Association passed away in Japan on December 19.
Akaboshi began his career as a popular singer who recorded traditional and new folk songs as early as the 1950s. While singing around the country he began seeing the benefits of music on the ill and in 1972 created “ryouiku ongaku” or therapeutic music programs that have since been proven to reduce stress and pain in mind and body for his many patients. Akaboshi was granted the rights from the Japanese government to build a music rehabilitation center in Kodaira in 1977.
Click here to view a clip from his NAMM Oral History interview.