Masao Koga

Masao Koga (古賀 政男, Koga Masao, November 18, 1904 – July 25, 1978) was a Japanese composer and guitarist known for creating melodies, and a pioneer of Japanese popular music. He was regarded as a notable figure for establishing the genre enka, though Koga considered that he was a ryūkōka composer.[1] He wrote numerous songs for Ichiro Fujiyama and Hibari Misora, and his work has been featured in various films, including Come See the Paradise, and Memoirs of a Geisha. He was the first president of the Japan Composer's Association from 1958 to 1978. A museum was built in Shibuya to honor his achievements, and visitors to the Koga Masao Museum of Music (古賀政男音楽博物館, Koga Masao Ongaku Hakubutsukan) are able to view exhibits, and memorabilia featuring his work.[2]

Masao Koga
Background information
Born(1904-11-18)November 18, 1904
OriginŌkawa, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan
DiedJuly 25, 1978(1978-07-25) (aged 73)
GenresRyūkōka, Enka
Years active1931–1978


  1. 第6部・演歌巡礼<7>古賀政男 日本的歌唱を熟知し作曲 (in Japanese). Nishinippon Shimbun. 2006-12-19. Archived from the original on 2009-02-07. Retrieved 2009-03-09.
  2. "Koga Memorial Museum". American Airlines. Retrieved 2010-01-09.

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