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APA (Amateur Music Player’s Association, Japan), is a non-profit organization for adult amateur chamber music players, which was established in 1974. It is a nationwide network which currently consists of over 1,000 amateur musicians in Japan. Among them, about 600 members are resided in Metropolitan area and 340 members are at Kansai area. More than 120 members are in other area in Japan.


APA organizes the International Chamber Music Festivals in March/April 2019. Every year there are about 10 players from Europe, Australia, USA, Honk Kong and Singapore including several ACMP members. It is a week-long event and during this period we shall perform two concerts in Koganei Tokyo and Atami Shizuoka after two days rehearsals each.
We shall welcome strings, winds and pianists eligible for performance of chamber music. Entries can be either preformed or individual basis. We shall form groups by mixing foreign participants and Japanese players. In principle everyone plays in two ensembles. The pieces of music will be selected based on requests of the participants. There will be no coaching in principle.
During the rehearsals partners can visit several spots with APA members, according to the partners programs. Between the two concerts we shall arrange a tour to a famous spot like Kamakura and to Hakone
on the way to Atami.

Participants can participate the full or partial programs according to your plan. We can help you in setting up your travel plans during the stay in Japan. We also prepare partners programs. Rentals of big instruments such as a double base and cello will be arranged.


Miyaji-Gakki (former Koganei Civic Center) is located in front of JR Musashi-Koganei Station (At South Exit), which is about 17km west of Shinjuku Terminal or 23km west of Tokyo or 35min. by JR (Japan Railway) from Tokyo Central Station.
Atami is a hot-spa seaside resort, about 100km south-west from Tokyo and around 50 min. from Tokyo Station by Shinkansen (the bullet train).
From Atami Station you can go to other cities by Shinkansen easily. We can arrange to keep your belongings during your journey in Japan if you wish.
JR Pass is a convenient travel ticket for foreign tourists.

Concert Style

The concerts at Koganei in Tokyo on March 30th Saturday and in Atami on April 4th Thursday (which will be confirmed 6 months before the actual concert) will be from 14pm to 17pm, performed by preformed or mixed groups with Japanese players. Two days rehearsals will be providedfor each concert.Music for mixed groups will be arranged according to participants’ request in principle. It can be a whole or partial movements depending on nos. of programs. The concerts will be publically announced and we expect full audience in the hall or at least we try to fill up the hall. In the past there were always more than 100 audiences.


In Principal, the cost for rehearsal rooms and concert halls will be evenly shared by all participants. A small amount of other expenses such as printing and advertisements will be added on top. Participation fees will be announced after all the bookings/arrangements are made.
For your information, fees for the concerts and rehearsals will be $100 to $120 depending on the nos. of participants. Accommodation, meals, insurance and transportation costs etc. are not included. The dinner parties after the concerts will cost about $35 per person. So far it is not possible to offer you a lump sum cost for this festival.
For the transportation to Atami, we shall try to utilize private cars of Japanese participants and we shall share the actual costs. A city tour to central Tokyo (details not fixed) will be arranged and it will be at cost.


In the past many participants arranged airbnbs by themselves. Hotel accommodations can be arranged upon your request of the location, preference and period. The following are the hotels in our neighborhood. In Tokyo

a:Hotel METS, www.hotelmets.jp/musashisakai

b: Citytel Musahisakai, www.hotel-citytel.jp/citytel_sakai
Both hotels are located next to JR Musashisakai Station. Koganei Miyaji-Gakki Hall at Musashi-Koganei Station is about 5min. (2nd station beyond) by JR Line.
In Atami City: Atami Sea Side Resort is recommendable and we can book it upon your request.


Application deadline is 30 October, 2018, but the final group formation will be made in December.
If you prefer to join only one concert either in Tokyo or Atami, please indicate it in your registration.

//////Entry Form/////
Name: Mr./Mrs. … If you come with your partner, please write her/his name here…..
City / Country…..
Years of experience….
Music of preference (for the concert)….
Day City tour Yes/No….
Your travel plan / expected itinerary in Japan (arrival and departure date)….
Other request & message…..


Kazumichi (Kaaz) Yoshida, director International Contacts, APA Japan


Response from participants

- Having safely arrived at Kyoto, I am thinking of how nice and exciting it was to participate in your festival. I already feel like slightly advanced into Japanese customs.(R.V.)

- We only can express our admiration of what you have created. The APA-festival was wonderful planned and executed. I for myself would be glad if there will take place a similar event next year, and perhaps I will be enabled to participate for the second time to play again in this wonderful milieu??! (G.D.)

- Thank you very much for a wonderful time in Japan! I am already excited (rather prematurely) about coming back and doing it all again! Please keep me informed about future opportunities (J.K.)

- It was a wonderful experience for me and a good reason to finally visit Japan.(M.P.)

- For me and my wife the eight days in Japan were absolutely fantastic. We enjoyed very much the company of your fellow-musicians. It gave us a very special window for observing Japan. (W.H.)

Records from the past concerts

- Concerts in Koganei and Atami
- https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0J_KcsheFKld3NrMVZxWjFzdVE/view
- Dinner parties and sightseeing
- https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0J_KcsheFKlNlhqYy1IWkt1eVE/view



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There are Regular Meetings for chamber music all over Japan. For instance there are more than 20 groups organizing regular meetings once or twice a month within metropolitan area. If you have a chance to visit Japan for tourism or on business and wish to join and enjoy ensembles during your stay, please contact K. Yoshida, director international contacts. apa.chuosen@gmail.com.
We can arrange your participation in meetings at your convenient locations and possibly arrange the instruments for your participations.


Regular date


Contact person

<Tokyo area>

1. Seibu line Meeting

2nd Sun.13-17pm


Mr. Hideki Isochi


2. Saitama Meeting

3rd Sat or Sun 13-17pm


Mr. Kuniyuki Goto


3. Saitama appoint-

ment Meeting

4th Sunday 13-17pm


Ms. Megumi Yanagawa


4. Den-en Toshi Meeting

3rd or 4th Sun 13-17pm

Aobadai(Tokyu line)

Mr. Tohro Iozawa


5. Toyoko Line Meeting

last Sat13-21pm

Okurayama(Tokyu line)

Mr. Takashi Arai


6. Shonan Meeting

2nd or 3rd Sat 13-17pm

Ofuna (JR)

Mr. Shinji Matsumoto


7. Kashiwa Meeting

3rd Sun 13-18pm

Shin-kashiwa(Tobu line)

Mr. Nobuo Usuda


8. Katsushika Meeting

2nd or 3rd Sat 13-17pm

Aoto(Keisei line)

Mr.Takunobu Yamashita


9.Chuosen Meeting

1st Sat or Sun 13-17pm


Mr. Kazumichi Yoshida


10. Tamakai Meeting

1st Fri 13-17pm

Tamagawa-Jyosui(Seibu-Haijima Line)

Mr.Katsumi Yanagi


11.Thursday Meeting

1st Thurs 11am-17pm

Korakuen(Marunouchi subway line)

Hitoshi Muramatsu


12.CD grade Meeting

Holiday or Sun 13-18

APA club room


Mr. Masahiro Ohashi


13.Tuesday Meeting

Every Tue 13-17pm


Ms. Makiko Miyake


14.Flute Meeting

1st Sun 13-18pm


Mr. Susumu Mabuchi


15.String Quartet Mtg

3rd Sat 13-17pm


Mr. Shiro Kikuchi


16.Chiba Meeting
(Cembalo Mtg)

& Winter


Mr. Fumihiro Hamada


<Nagoya area>

17.Nagoya weekend


Holiday or Sat

Nakamura Kouen

(Higashiyama line)

Ms. Maki Mito


18.Nagoya Tuesday




(Higashiyama line)

Ms. Maki Mito


<Kansai area>

19. Shukugawa weekday strings

3rd Tue 13-17pm

Shukugawa(Hankyu line)

Mr. Kyozo Makino

20.Kyoto Weekday Meeting

2nd Tue 11am-17pm


Mr. H.A.Shapiro

21.Introduction Meeting

1st Sun

Juso(Hankyu line)

Mr. Yohei Yamada


22. Keihan Meeting

Sun (4 times a year)

Hirakata(Keihan line)

Ms. Kaoru Tsujimoto




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