Working to broaden EU-Japan cooperation in research

| May 9, 2014

Working to broaden EU-Japan cooperation in research

I was surprised Japanese children knew the European Union, said Maria Cristina Russo, director for international cooperation in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, who joined an event on robots held on April 13 in Tokyo during her recent visit to Japan. ...

Seiji Ozawa takes to the stage for Mozart opera

Apr 8, 2014

Seiji Ozawa takes to the stage for Mozart opera

It is certainly good to see Maestro Seiji Ozawa back at the podium again. Japan’s most celebrated conductor made a triumphant return to the Saito Kinen Festival last summer after having taken two years off due to bad health. He took a rest after ...

Review: The Soldier's Tale at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Recital Hall

Apr 4, 2014

Review: The Soldier's Tale at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Recital Hall

Igor Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale” remains as thought-provoking a piece today as it was in 1918, when it was created just after World War I. As the third part of a Stravinsky-focused series by the Spring Festival in Tokyo (following “The Firebird” and “Petrushka” ...

Ueno Park to welcome springtime with a song

Mar 13, 2014

Ueno Park to welcome springtime with a song

The cherry trees of Ueno Park are inspirational in full bloom. Come early spring and Tokyoites head to the area early to snag spots beneath the pink blossoms, which inspire romance, revelry and perhaps more than a few visionary ideas. More than a decade ...

Fukushima kids compose for Philharmonic

Feb 18, 2014

Fukushima kids compose for Philharmonic

The Sony Music Foundation took the opportunity of the New York Philharmonic’s current Asia tour to organize a special event on Feb. 11. The concert aimed to provide Japanese youth — some of whom were from Fukushima Prefecture — with first-class live performances by ...

First female conductor at NNTT performs 'Madama Butterfly'

Feb 4, 2014

First female conductor at NNTT performs 'Madama Butterfly'

Japanese audiences, especially women, may have mixed feelings about Giacomo Puccini’s opera “Madama Butterfly.” However, they may become intrigued when they learn that a new production, which tells the story of a geisha abandoned by her U.S. Navy officer husband, is being staged under ...

Seiji Ozawa ends summer on high note

Sep 25, 2013

Seiji Ozawa ends summer on high note

Architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe reportedly once said “God is in the details.” Conductor Seiji Ozawa would literally agree. He meets The Japan Times at a cafe he frequents in Tokyo’s Seijo district.