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Kousokuya (光束夜, Kōsokuya) is a Japanese dark psychedelic rock band. This rock outfit, founded by guitarist Jutok Kaneko in the late 1970s, has released only a handful of recordings internationally, and scant more in their local Tokyo underground scene. Their sound has been compared to Japanese psych-rock legends Fushitsusha.

Kaneko died on January 24, 2007.


The classic trio line-up that recorded the first album, and reformed in recent years was:

Other members:

  • Hiroshi Yokoyama (synth, 1978-1979),
  • Toshiko Watanabe (drums, 1979),
  • Asahito Nanjo (bass, 1982-1983),
  • Munehiro Narita (drums, 1982-1983),
  • Atsushi Ishiguro (drums, 1983–84),
  • Takahashi Ikurou (drums, 1989–90),
  • Hibari Nagao (drums, 1994-1997),
  • Emily (bass),
  • Sachiko (vocals, synth, bass, 1995-2003),
  • Michinobu Matsubashi (drums, 2000-)


  • V.A., Heaven Tapes cassette (Heaven, 1979)
  • Kousokuya LP (Ray Night Music, 1991; CD reissue, PSF, 2003)
  • V.A., Tokyo Flashback (PSF, 1991)
  • V.A., Tokyo Flashback 2 (PSF, 1992)
  • Ray Night 1991-1992 Live (Forced Exposure, 1995)
  • The Dark Spot w/ Masayoshi Urabe (PSF, 1997)
  • Live Gyakuryu Kokuu (PSF, 2004)
  • First Live 1979 Kichijoji Minor (PSF, 2006)
  • Echoes From Deep Underground (Archive, 2007)


Interview. G-Modern, issue 17, 97-98 Winter. pp. 10–25. (Japanese)

Interview. Ongaku Otaku, issue 3, 1998. pp. 16–22. (English)

Stofer, F. (2000). Japanese Independent Music, France: Sonore. ISBN 2-9515644-0-6

Kosakai, F. "金子寿徳:彼方の柱廊を逍遥する旅についての末完の調書" (Jutok Kaneko: An Incomplete Record of an Ambulatory Journey Down a Distant Colonnade). Liner-notes for Jutok Kaneko, Endless Ruins CD (PSF, 2001) (Japanese, contains a valuable, detailed history of Kousokuya)

Kosakai, F. "Kaneko Jutok - The Year Spent with Ray-Night". G-Modern, issue 22, 2001. pp. 50–51. (Japanese)

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