Miyagi Michio was a Meiji period pioneer in the development of a concept of categories or styles of "Japanese music" as a national tradition.
Born in Kobe, the eldest son of Suga Kunijirô, he began losing his sight at age eight, and began practicing koto music. He studied for a time under Nakashima Kengyô II, and then lived for a time in Icheon, Korea, before relocating to Tokyo. There, he began to seek the true essence of "Japanese music," and worked to establish new forms of "national" or "Japanese" music.
- Plaque at statue of Miyagi Michio, Tomonoura, Hiroshima.