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Chiho Iuchi

Chiho Iuchi is a writer covering classical music scenes in Japan. She has also been serving as a staff editor at The Japan Times mainly in charge of national day special supplements, in collaboration with more than 100 embassies in Japan, which has (hopefully) broadened her perspectives on music.

For Chiho Iuchi's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Orchestra from Jerusalem to tour Japan

| Nov 16, 2016

Orchestra from Jerusalem to tour Japan

Classical music fans in Japan are set for a treat when the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra conducts its first tour of this country from Nov. 19 through Dec. 4. Throughout its 80-year history as a leading orchestra, the JSO has played a crucial role in ...

Opera Theater Konnyakuza perfects a union of stage and song

Jan 28, 2016

Opera Theater Konnyakuza perfects a union of stage and song

The world of opera has always found inspiration in the works of William Shakespeare, but adapting them for the stage requires flexibility. Kyoko Hagi, a composer who serves as the representative of Opera Theater Konnyakuza, points out that Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi transformed “Macbeth” ...

Music director Nott prepares for Tokyo Symphony Orchestra's 70th

Jan 7, 2016

Music director Nott prepares for Tokyo Symphony Orchestra's 70th

It’s not rare for a conductor from overseas to collaborate with a Japanese orchestra, but the case of Jonathan Nott stands out because of the speed at which he and the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra cultivated their relationship. The British conductor made his debut with ...

Photographer aims to explain Okinawa's tensions in pictures

Oct 1, 2015

Photographer aims to explain Okinawa's tensions in pictures

It is not easy to regard oneself as an oppressor. While Japanese enjoyed unprecedented prosperity in recent decades, residents of Okinawa have endured a burden others simply do not appreciate, says photographer Ari Hatsuzawa, who has published a pictorial study of what he calls ...

Koji Hirata finds the 'soul of tango' through his bandoneon

Aug 29, 2015

Koji Hirata finds the 'soul of tango' through his bandoneon

Koji Hirata encountered the bandoneon, a type of concertina, at the young age of 13. While it’s common for a teenager to take up a musical instrument, Hirata showed an unusually high level of commitment when, at 16, he took a solo trip to ...