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 ...

May 18, 2008

Consider election consequences

Last month I read about (U.S. Democratic presidential candidate) Hillary Clinton’s win in the Pennsylvania primary. Every Japanese newspaper put Clinton’s exciting big face in their articles. She looked so happy, pointing her finger at supporters. Looking at these photos, I thought that Americans ...

May 11, 2008

The Japanese view of ending life

Regarding David Quintero’s May 4 letter, “High Japanese suicide rate mystifies,” and the question he poses (Why do so many Japanese people kill themselves?): I don’t have a definitive answer, but I have come up with a few theories: • There is historically, in ...