I met Fumio Miyashita in
Hollywood through a Japanese singer (Akemi Iwasi) I was managing at the time. We became
good friends. I used to chant with him and liked his music. I was producing
a show in Bakersfield, Ca when he came to visit me. He was on his way to San
Francisco with a promoter. He told me he was moving back to Japan.
I lost track of him until I started this site. I
learned he was doing very well in Japan, performing concerts and recording.
I was able to contact his wife, Linda and learned that
he passed away in January 2003 in his
native Japan. Linda lives in Japan.
Namaste! We will meet again
Fumio. While meditating, I play your NATURE CD, and I will be getting
your other recordings. Till we meet again, I remain your friend, Sam.
Fumio was born in 1949 in Nagano, Japan.
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A link to hear his music and see my mantra
Keyboard artist Fumio is one of the most
popular artists in his genre, having released over 50 albums in
Japan. In the late 1970s, Fumio studied acupuncture in Los
Angeles and returned to Japan where he became a master and
innovator in the field of music therapy. He was born and raised
in the mountains of Nagano and went on to perform in the
ground-breaking rock musical Hair. Founder of the Far East
Family Band, Japan's first progressive rock band, Fumio played
alongside Kitaro and released the hit album Cave Down to the
Earth in Japan and England.
A Sonnet For Sake
The owner of a sake (Japanese rice wine) factory had attended
one of Fumio's healing workshops and decided that if the music
was intended to make living beings feel good, he might just try
it on the living yeast in his sake-making process. Sure enough,
when the speakers were installed and Fumio's music played 24
hours a day, the yeast that once grew sporadically now grew
uniformly. The sake won awards for its flavor and has since won
the highest award, the gold medal, for its sweetness.
Close To Cucumbers
A Japanese farmer played Fumio's music in his greenhouse of
cucumbers. In Japan, cucumbers are rated by number based on
their flavor. The normal cucumber rating would be around a 4.
The sweeter the cucumber, the higher the number. The farmer
found that those cucumbers closest to the speakers playing
Fumio's music in his greenhouse received higher ratings of
between 5.5 and 7.
Guidance from Duji Kakisaka
A photographer friend was playing Fumio's music on a trip to a
holy site called Tenkawa ("Heavenly River"). The head priest
Guji Kakisaka of Tenkawa heard the music and felt an instant
connection with it. He requested a meeting with Fumio. They
eventually met and this brought about a pivotal change in
Fumio's life. The two became very close, learning from each
other. Gujisan advised Fumio to reside at Lizuna Mountain in
Nagano Prefecture, coincidentally Fumio's hometown and
birthplace. Fumio took the high priest's advice to return to
Japan after residing in the United States. In his Nagano
recording studio, Fumio continues his passion for creating
peaceful music that touches people on an international level.
Fumio composed the Olympic theme song which the city of Nagano
presented in its successful bid to host the 1998 Winter
Fumio has performed at benefit concerts supporting environmental
and social consciousness and on behalf of AIDS victims, and will
continue traveling to the world's holy places on his quest to
provide healing music for the good of humankind and the natural
world. Many Japanese attest to the therapeutic qualities of
Fumio's music, including teachers noting that lesson plans are
enhanced, and therapists stating that treatments are elevated.
Long ago, people lived in a different environment. Nature
provided a rich symphonic backdrop: the melodic singing of
birds; the gentle rustling of the leaves in the trees; the
trickling of streams. As a respite from the complexity and
accelerated pace of today's man-made environments, Fumio's music
creates a way to regain that natural state. Fumio composes in a
slow rhythmic pattern echoing the harmonious essence of nature's
Just as on the acupuncture chart every point of the body is
represented on the ear, Fumio uses tone, pulse, pitch, rhythm,
and chords to create an environment that promotes a feeling of
well-being. Listening to Fumio's music can be a rejuvenating and
revitalizing experience and goes well with meditation,
visualization, study, work and sleep.
In Memorium for Fumio
Soundings artist Fumio Miyashita recently passed away in his
Fumio was born in 1949 in Nagano, Japan. He began his musical
career in 1965 and found his way to an international career by
touring overseas and studying the healing arts. Fumio is well
known for founding the Far East Family Band which gave the young
Kitaro his start. He then went on to perfect his particular
brand of “Healing Music” which became extremely popular in
Japan. He met Dean and Dudley Evenson when they toured Japan in
the mid ‘90s. His releases on Soundings of the Planet are
Meditation and Nature which carry his signature keyboard style.