Jazz meets literature in concert

Jul 3, 2009

Jazz meets literature in concert

Three Japanese artists living in Berlin, together with a French musician, will stage two performances in Yokohama featuring music, dance and readings to mark the 150th anniversary of the opening of the city’s port. The three Japanese expats — leading jazz pianist Aki Takase, ...

May 22, 2009

A Russian maestro of Prokofiev

Russian conductor Alexander Lazarev, who became chief conductor of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra in September 2008, aims to lead the orchestra in performing the seven symphonies by his compatriot Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) over a period of three years. On June 19 and 20, he ...

Dance for the green at heart

May 8, 2009

Dance for the green at heart

The leading Portuguese dance troop Kamusuna Ballet Company, led by artistic director/ choreographer Cesar Augusto Moniz, are about to bring their vibrant exploration of contemporary themes through dance to Tokyo audiences. The piece they will perform, “Love the Earth,” which was first presented in ...

Asia Orchestra Week

Sep 19, 2008

Asia Orchestra Week

The annual Asia Orchestra Week, this year featuring Chinese, Vietnamese and South Korean orchestras, will take place in early October in Tokyo and Osaka — with low ticket prices as an added incentive. Sichuan Symphony Orchestra, Ho Chi Minh City Symphony Orchestra and Busan ...

Lasenkan to stage 'Dejima'

Aug 22, 2008

Lasenkan to stage 'Dejima'

Lasenkan Theater is a Japanese drama group based in Berlin. Since 2002, it has spent two-thirds of every year in the German capital, presenting works by author Yoko Tawada, a resident of Germany. Tawada, who writes in German and Japanese, won the Gunzo Shinjin ...

Step into the shade

Jul 11, 2008

Step into the shade

Inspired by a Japanese sense of beauty in subtlety, the Berlin dance duo of Malgven Gerbes and David Brandstatter will perform “Eulogy to the Shade” in Tokyo in early August. The title of the performance is an English translation of “In-ei Raisan,” an essay ...

Bad public manners irk Bushido proponent

Jun 3, 2008

Bad public manners irk Bushido proponent

Sokichi Sugimura, 72, feels elements of Japanese society have lost their moral compass to the point of being downright rude and he and his associates want to put them back on course, and in the process embrace samurai values. As head of Tokyo-based Public ...