Mar 8, 2013

Inspirational walk across Japan

‘Negative: Nothing” a documentary film on the odyssey of a Swiss man who walked the length of Japan, will again be screened in Tokyo this month. After becoming unemployed when his clients cancelled their trips to Japan in the wake of the disasters of ...

Choral tribute to March 11

Mar 1, 2013

Choral tribute to March 11

Coinciding with the second anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, Tokyo Opera City will be filled with the powerful voices of Japanese choir group Ritsuyukai, featuring new Japanese choral works. Comprising 15 amateur choirs under the direction of Japanese conductor Fumiaki Kuriyama, Ritsuyukai ...

Pianist Yazawa looks to the past to find security in the future

Feb 14, 2013

Pianist Yazawa looks to the past to find security in the future

Pianist Tomoko Yazawa always thinks about her music with the future in mind. However, for her latest album, “Playing in the Dark,” she made a rare diversion into the past — specifically, France at the end of the 19th century. Although Yazawa was classically ...

Jan 17, 2013

'Driftwood' duet to be the first of its kind

The first duets on two “driftwood” violins are being performed in Japan by leading Mexican violinist Adrian Justus and his teacher, Yuriko Kuronuma, a Mexico-based Japanese violinist. When the two artists visited master luthier Muneyuki Nakazawa’s workshop in Tokyo in December 2011 to have ...

Eight seasons from Slovakia

Jan 4, 2013

Eight seasons from Slovakia

Opening 2013 on a cultured note, the Slovak Chamber Orchestra (SCO) tours Japan from Jan. 5 through Jan. 18. Founded by violinist and then Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra concertmaster Bohdan Warchal (1930-2000) in 1960, SCO has developed into one of the most popular groups in ...

Exploring, rediscovering fine arts

| Oct 12, 2012

Exploring, rediscovering fine arts

While much has changed since Japan last hosted the Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group in 1964 — a year that symbolized the nation’s achievement of reconstruction after World War II through the hosting of the meeting and the ...

Drummers hope to support earthquake victims

Mar 9, 2012

Drummers hope to support earthquake victims

Many artists that watched the destruction of the Great East Japan Earthquake a year ago have said in media interviews that they’ve struggled with how to interpret the disaster. The taiko (drum) troupe at the International Christian University is no different. The students titled ...