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Hymn Society in Japan


Influenced by the Hymn Explosion in overseas countries, many denominations in Japan began revising their existing hymnals and producing new ones in the late 20th century. The movement is still active today. Growing out of such a stream, the Hymn Society in Japan was founded in 2001, with the aim of “fostering ecumenical studies, sharing fruits both domestically and internationally, and promoting exchanges for further development of hymnody in Japan”.

Our society hosts an annual conference and regional seminars and workshops where participants have opportunities to learn from international speakers and also from other members who present reports. The subjects cover a broad range of areas that include academic research from musical, literary and theological perspectives, hymn writing, and performance. We also publish annals and hymnals.

For those who seek for excellence in hymn-singing, it is valuable to exchange information and ideas ecumenically. My hope is that our activities spread widely and the society be the place not only to deepen scholarship but also to share joy of praising God. Please join us if you are interested in “hymn” and agree with the aims of our society.

Toshimitsu Miyakoshi

President, The Hymn Society in Japan

Speakers from abroad in the past

  • Geonyong Lee (2018)
    Lectures on “Seeking Spiritual Songs Today”
  • Ansger Franz (2015)
    Lectures on “Gotteslob 2013”, The new hymnal of Catholic Church in the German-speaking sphere.
  • Colin Alexander Gibson(2012)
    Lectures on new hymns from New Zealand
  • Pablo Sosa(2009)
    Lectures on Latin American hymnody today
  • Loh, I-to(2006)
    Lectures on the latest hymn developments in Asia
  • Hans-Jürg Stefan (2004)
    Lectures titled“The Hymnody in Switzerland: From the Reformation to today with a special view to the Genevan Psalter”.
  • Carl P. Daw, Jr. (2002)
    Lectures titled“From the Bible to Hymns: The journey of a hymn writer”
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