Representative director of Dohitomi & Co., Ltd. (cardinal of the Koyasan Shingon Buddhism)
Masao Dohi was born in Hyogo Prefecture on April 12, 1937.
He attended Hyogo Prefectural Ono High School. He graduated from the Kwansei Gakuin University School of Business Administration in 1960. He took a seminar offered by Rintaro Aoki. He attended the university’s Graduate School of Business Administration and earned a Master of Commerce degree. He belonged to the Kwansei Gakuin University Glee Club during his time as a college student. He enjoyed male chorus and experienced winning the National Choral Competition.
He joined Dohitomi & Co., Ltd., in 1962. He became the company’s third president in 1990 and became chairman and representative director in 2016. He also serves as a trustee of the Tax Payment Association.
He was asked to serve on the Advisory Council of Koyasan Shingon Buddhism in 2008 and to become a cardinal in October 2013.
He played a key role in hosting a concert at Koyasan University’s Grand Hall to commemorate the 1,200th anniversary of the founding of Koyasan.
My family has long supported Shingon Buddhism through Kodanisan Jimyo-in Temple, and I worked as a Koyasan Shingon Buddhism advisor for many years before being appointed cardinal on the occasion of the 1,200th anniversary of the founding of Koyasan.
I belonged to the Glee Club during my days as a university student, and I’ve written lyrics for close to 20 songs. I wrote lyrics for a number of songs to mark the milestone of the 1,200th anniversary of the founding of Koyasan out of a desire to introduce people in Japan and around the world to Koyasan through Western music. The songs are titled “Tenku no Yume: Wakakihi no Kukai,” “Mao no Koiuta: Kukai seishun no Hibi,” and “Koya Shoyo.” In addition, I organized a memorial concert at the Koyasan University’s Grand Hall in which the female group Oranche performed “Tenku no Yume” and “Koya Shoyo,” and in which Minami Ren, the former leader of Oranche, sang “Mao no Koiuta.”
CDs containing the three songs were also handed out to attendees on the day of the concert.
It is my hope that the music will continue to be loved by many in the future.