Takashi Tahira

For Takashi Tahira's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Conductor proud of first opera at Kiyomizu

Dec 18, 2013

Conductor proud of first opera at Kiyomizu

Hirofumi Yoshida, 45, said he could feel Italian opera blending with Japanese spirituality when he conducted two new short works at Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto in October. “I felt that the history of opera, which I believe is a symbol of Western art, and ...

Some in Hokkaido preserve Ainu culture

Jan 25, 2007

Some in Hokkaido preserve Ainu culture

Shigeo Toyokawa, a 75-year-old Ainu, always feels refreshed and at ease using his knife to chip a willow-tree stick, or “inaw” in Ainu, to be used in ceremonies for a “kamuy-nomi” prayer. He is one of a dwindling number of people devoted to preserving ...