Yung-hsiang Kao

For Yung-hsiang Kao's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Nov 11, 2012

Invaluable reference work on damage from March 11 disasters

PRELIMINARY RECONNAISSANCE REPORT OF THE 2011 TOHOKU-CHIHO TAIHEIYO-OKI EARTHQUAKE, edited by the Architectural Institute of Japan. Springer, 2012, 460 pp., $179 (hardcover) The March 11, 2011, Great East Japan Earthquake was notable for the widespread damage caused by seismic activity, the tsunami devastation and ...

Met's mayhem hits the screen

Feb 10, 2012

Met's mayhem hits the screen

What do you get when the four young lovers from William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” become stranded on Prospero’s island from the Bard’s “The Tempest”? A lot of fun, mayhem and magic in The Metropolitan Opera’s original creation “The Enchanted Island,” which had ...

Lord of the 'Ring'

Sep 3, 2010

Lord of the 'Ring'

On Sept. 25, 2006, hundreds gathered in New York’s Times Square to watch the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Giacomo Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” on a jumbo screen. The Met, one of the world’s most famous opera companies, was showing its opening night gala live ...

Guitarist Watanabe reworks classic for Tokyo Jazz Festival

Aug 27, 2010

Guitarist Watanabe reworks classic for Tokyo Jazz Festival

Some artists never want to experience their work once it’s made. U.S. film director Woody Allen famously never watches his own films; perhaps it’s because he does not dwell on the past that he has been able to make a new feature nearly every ...

Maxi Priest

Jun 25, 2010

Maxi Priest

He just wants to be close to you, and to get close to Maxi Priest all you have to do is visit a couple of jazz clubs in Tokyo in early July. The British reggae singer, who scored hits in the late 1980s and ...

The Waraku Ensemble

Apr 2, 2010

The Waraku Ensemble

Traditional Japanese music is called wagaku; using the same Chinese characters, a new band calls itself the Waraku Ensemble, with the change in pronunciation signifying “ease” or “comfort.” Their first album, “Japanese Cafe Music,” released last month, features traditional instruments playing Japanese pop songs ...

Mar 26, 2010

Soudant returns to Tokyo Symphony Orchestra

Drawing upon the energy and enthusiasm of British guest conductor Rumon Gamba, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra (TSO) thrilled the Suntory Hall audience during their last concert there: Before intermission, four beautifully harmonized French horns featured on Robert Schumann’s Konzertstuck; after, the orchestra created a ...

Chris Botti

Mar 19, 2010

Chris Botti

Picture a smooth-jazz pop icon like Kenny G playing trumpet like Miles Davis circa his “Kind of Blue” phase while looking like a heartthrob and you get Chris Botti. Not that the 47-year-old American is anything like either musician, with his penchant for pop ...