Tokuji Munetsugu, who is a founder of Japanese curry chain restaurants Coco Ichibanya, has been supporting public school students in Aichi prefecture to donate musical installments every year.
Coco Ichibanya is the biggest Japanese curry chain restaurant and popular for a long time. The specialty of the restaurant is to put lots of options like deep-fried beef, pork and chicken, boiled egg, vegetables on the curry rice. Customers can also choose cheese or other toppings. Originally curry rice came from India, but its style has changed completely and is beloved by many Japanese people. Recently, Japanese curry rice is very popular among travelers as Japanese style food as Ramen.
Tokuji Munetsugu is known as a big fan of classic music. After retiring his company Coco Ichibanya he founded, he built a music hall Tokuji Hall at the center of the Sakae district in Nagoya city.
He also set up his non-profitable organization Yellow Angel after his retirement, and has started to donate musical installments to schools in Aichi prefecture. As of 2017, he has donated 1,600 musical installments equivalent to 6.6 million dollars in total.
Musical installments are costly in general. Flute and trumpet cost 3,000 to 4,000 dollars, Euphonium costs 6,000 dollars and Tympani costs 20,000 dollars each.
According to monthly music magazine Music Friends, the music hall Tokuji Hall holds around 400 music concerts annually, and it’s the largest number of concerts in Japan. Actually the hall is in the red always. Because the hall takes all responsibility for 9 out of 10 concerts. It means, even if tickets aren’t sold enough, musicians don’t need to take the responsibility.
Many Japanese praise and appreciate his actions as a patron.