Abe Sueyoshi (安倍季巌)

Sueyoshi ABE (May 6, 1904 to March 18, 1986) was a gagakushi (court musician) and a member of the Japan Art Academy.

He was born in an ancient-time originated family of a Kyutei gagakushi (old Japanese court musician), who is said to be a descendant of Emperor Kosho. His father was Motomine, who succeeded the head family Suetomo ABE, who had died early. He was born in Tokyo. In 1921, he graduated from GagakuTraining Center, Imperial Household Ministry, and became a gakushi (musician) of Gakubu section, Shikibu-shoku, Imperial Household Ministry. In 1928, he was awarded a Dairai Kinen Sho (commemorative medal for the Emperor's accession to the imperial throne). In 1935, he was awarded a Manchukuo Emperor's Kinen Sho. In 1936, he was awarded Jushichii (Junior Seventh Rank). In 1939, he was awarded a Kun hachito (eighth grade) Order of the Sacred Treasure. In 1941, he was awarded Shoshichii (Senior Seventh rank), became an instructor of Gagaku Learning Center, Kanbesho, Jingu shrine, and was awarded Year 2600 Commemorative Medal. In 1945, he was awarded a Kun nanato (seventh grade) Order of the Sacred Treasure. In 1947, he became a gikan (bureaucrat with specialized skills) of Kunaifu (Imperial Household Agency). In 1949, he became a gikan of General Administrative Agency of the Cabinet (Gafu Shikibu-shoku). In 1954, he became the Music Master of Shikibu-shoku Gakubu (Music Department) of Imperial Household Agency. In 1955, he was awarded a Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts. In 1962, he was awarded an Award of the Japan Art Academy. In 1969, he became a member of the Japan Art Academy. In 1974, he was awarded a Kun santo (the third grade) Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon.

His son is Suemasa ABE, a gakushi (musician).

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