Top taiko player marks 25th anniversary

Nov 23, 2007

Top taiko player marks 25th anniversary

The leading taiko (Japanese drum) player Eitetsu Hayashi will play Solo Career 25th Anniversary Concerts in Kansai and Tokyo in December. He will perform four pieces by contemporary Japanese composers accompanied by an orchestra. Before the concerts, he will also release some new CDs ...

Oct 26, 2007

Dancing to themes of home, family

An all-women dance company from Japan in collaboration with a Berlin-based video artist will from Oct. 31 present a performance whose theme is “home ” and “family” in Iwakuni-shi in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Tokyo and Matsumoto City in Nagano Prefecture. In “Fushigina Basho (La Place ...

Oct 19, 2007

Tea-lovers gather for Sencha-do

An event to enjoy Sencha-do (the way of green tea) will be held on Oct. 27 at the Mukojima Hyakkaen Botanical Garden in Tokyo’s Sumida Ward. The ceremony is more relaxed than an ordinary tea ceremony, allowing participants to enjoy tea and Japanese tradition ...

Jacob tinkles the next-generation ivories

Oct 5, 2007

Jacob tinkles the next-generation ivories

Christian Jacob is one of the best-selling foreign jazz pianists in Japan. The New York Times labeled him “phenomenal.” Some people call this classically trained Frenchman a genius and regard him as a next-generation leader in the jazz world. Jacob, who is now active ...

Beijing museum unveils bust of Japanese who inspired Lu Xun

Sep 27, 2007

Beijing museum unveils bust of Japanese who inspired Lu Xun

A bust of a Japanese anatomy teacher who was Chinese author Lu Xun’s mentor was unveiled Tuesday in a Beijing museum dedicated to modern China’s best-known and most important author — 103 years after the two first met in a medical school in Sendai. ...

Concert calls upon you and your cellphone

Mar 16, 2007

Concert calls upon you and your cellphone

Tony Prabowo has become Indonesia’s foremost contemporary composer with his fusion of Indonesian and Western-style music. The music of Prabowo will be performed at a series of concerts, titled “Absolute-MIX Presents Electro-Acoustic Music,” in Tokyo on March 27-28. Born in Malang, Indonesia in 1956, ...

Noh encounters of the lily kind

Jan 12, 2007

Noh encounters of the lily kind

Richard Emmert, a professor at Waseda University and instructor in the Kita school of noh, will present a new play on Jan. 19 at Tokyo’s Komaba Eminaasu Hall. The noh play, titled “Manhattan Okina,” will be performed in both Japanese and English with local ...

Solid world of dancing

Aug 25, 2006

Solid world of dancing

Jean-Laurent Sasportes, a dancer who has worked with one of the great figures of modern dance, choreographer Pina Bausch, will tour Japan in collaboration with double bassist and composer Tetsu Saitoh from Sept. 2-24. Born in Casablanca, Sasportes became a solo dancer in Bausch’s ...

Jul 21, 2006

Dot artist makes his point

Yoshinobu Kato, a 74-year-old abstract painter, has been putting dots onto canvases and other surfaces for the past 30 years. His latest exhibition, “A dot, that is Cosmic,” will be held at Gallery Bijutsu Sekai in Ginza Aug. 3-9. “I started dot paintings thinking ...

A revival continues

Jul 14, 2006

A revival continues

More than 35 years after novelist Yukio Mishima committed ritual suicide, protesting in part against what he believed to be the demise of Japan’s traditional cultural values, interest in his writing seems to be on the rise among the public. Soon after the recent ...