Tokyo Sougaku-do Concert Hall, established in 1890, is the oldest concert hall in Japan. Formerly the Hall belonged to the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.
In 1972 it had however become too old for school use, so the Taito City obtained its property and designated it as an Important Cultural Properties.
The hall was rebuilt in Ueno park, and nearby stands the statue of Rentaro Taki, one of its alumni.
Rentarou Taki was a pianist and one of the best-known composers of Japan.
Taki was born in Tokyo, but moved to many places during his childhood owing to his father's job. He graduated from the Tokyo Music School in 1901. One of his famous pieces is Koujou no Tsuki, which was included in the songbook for junior high school students, along with the Hakone-Hachiri. Hana is a well-known song, too.
In the same year, Taki went to the Leipzig Conservatory, Germany to study music further, but fell seriously ill with tuberculosis of the lungs and came back to Japan. He lived quietly in the country afterwards, but soon died at the age of 23. His posthumous work is a solo piano piece called Urami (憾), which he wrote four months before he died. It is said that he laid the meaning of "regret" in the title of his last piece.