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Despite the increasing Japanese presence in the city, the music of Japan is still rarely performed–and, no, I’m not counting the peppy drivel that passes for Japanese music in karaoke bars. This recital, organized by the consulate general of Japan, offers a timely introduction. Featured are five certified virtuosos of traditional instruments: Hozan Yamamoto plays the shakuhachi, a vertical bamboo flute; Yuriko Makise and Masateru Ando are masters of the koto, a 13-stringed relative of the zither; Hidetaro Honjo is a specialist of the sangen, a banjolike instrument with three strings; and Roetsu Tosha is well known as a Kabuki musician playing on the kotsutsumi, a double-headed hand drum. Four of the six numbers they will perform–in various groupings–are by Michio Miyagi (1894-1956), one of Japan’s most beloved modern composers. A folk-music scholar and a developer of new kotos, the blind Miyagi was like a combination Ravi Shankar and Stephen Foster. Many of his pieces are for a koto ensemble–another of his innovations–and the best of them cast simple, lovely Japanese folk melodies in quasi-European molds. Admission is free. Saturday, 1:30-2:30 PM, Fullerton Hall, Art Institute of Chicago, Michigan and Adams; 280-0430.