Kodo V is head of the Kodo-kai Shakuhachi Guild and fifth generation
of one of the most important shakuhachi lineages in the twentieth
His Solo shakuhachi and TV debut came in 1950 at the age of 12.
He ascended to the name and performed his first solo recital in
1962. Araki has performed, recorded and taught extensively in Japan
and the US, where he has had long and fruitful residences starting
in 1963. These have included lectureships at such top universities
as Columbia, Michigan, Stanford and UCLA. Araki holds a masters
degree from Wesleyan University (1971).
Maintaining his presence on both sides of the Pacific, he presented
his "Shakuhachi Honkyoku Concert" at the Metropolitan
Museum in New York( 1986) and in Japan he has produced four solo
recitals over the years, the most recent in 1993. He has recorded
his entire Kinko School honkyoku repertory for the NHK Service Center