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Mariko Kato
For Mariko Kato's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 7, 2008
LSO string quartet brightens up care facility with free concert
Members of the internationally acclaimed London Symphony Orchestra took time off from their tour of Japan to give a free concert at a Tokyo care facility Saturday.
JAPAN
Dec 5, 2008
'NEWS23' axed in TBS prime-time shift
Tokyo Broadcasting System Inc. will cancel its well-known "NEWS23" late-night news program in April, it was announced Wednesday.
JAPAN
Dec 3, 2008
Waseda admits sensitive info leak
A list containing information on at least 719 cases of Waseda University students and employees who sought consultation about sexual harassment and other sensitive concerns has been leaked on the Internet, the school said Tuesday.
Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Jan 25, 2008
Classic director remembered
The Japan Foundation will present the film series "Rediscovery of Yamamoto Satsuo" on Feb. 2-3 as it continues to promote cultural and arts exchange with non-Japanese. A selection of the most popular works by the celebrated director Yamamoto will be shown in Tokyo with English subtitles.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Jan 25, 2008
Raphael Oleg's keen art of detection
Few concert violinists do more preparation than French virtuoso Raphael Oleg. For him, each performance requires meticulous research on the composer and the work.
Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Jan 18, 2008
Tchaikovsky medalists tour Japan
Winning instrumentalists in the 2007 International Tchaikovsky Competition will tour Japan from Jan. 23-30. The gala concert brings together the three gold medalists and two silver medalists from last June's 13th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, including Japanese violinist Mayuko Kamio.
Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Jan 11, 2008
A little bit of Seattle soul
Grammy-nominated American songstress Oleta Adams performs at the Cotton Club in Tokyo on Jan. 14-18. Celebrated over two decades for her resonant contralto voice, Adams will treat audiences to her sophisticated mixture of soul, gospel and jazz under the spotlight at one of Tokyo's premier live houses.
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Jan 4, 2008
Top tango couples dance into a city near you
The world's top tango dancers will put on a spectacular show throughout Japan in Tango Dance Premium from Jan. 20-Mar. 31. With no fewer than 55 performances at 45 venues, the five winning couples of the annual Tango Dance World Championship will indulge audiences across the country with a rare opportunity to experience first-class tango dancing live.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Books
Dec 30, 2007
Need something to read in the new year?
THE BLUE-EYED SALARYMAN: From World Traveler to Lifer at Mitsubishi, by Niall Murtagh (Profile Books)
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Dec 7, 2007
Harlem Gospel Choir
Hail the festive season in true gospel style this year with the joyous sounds of Harlem Gospel Choir. The world-famous troupe from New York's Harlem district returns to Japan for the fifth time from Dec. 13-23 and promises an exultant performance of hand-clapping and foot-stomping. You may even get to join them on stage.
Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Nov 23, 2007
A whale of a Christmas season
This Christmas season, Kanto residents can give their children a special aquatic treat at Kamogawa Sea World. To put visitors in the festive mood, the front square there has been adorned since the beginning of November with aquatic-themed illuminations using around 25,000 light bulbs — and two more special events are planned between Dec 1. and 25.
Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Nov 9, 2007
Kids lead you to Oz
Tokyo Theatre for Children will perform "The Magical Land of Oz" in Tokyo on Nov. 16-18. The musical is a quirky interpretation of the all-time classic story of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by American writer L. Frank Baum.
Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Nov 2, 2007
Shizuoka welcomes street performers' World Cup
World-class street performers descend on Shizuoka Prefecture for the annual Daidogei World Cup this week. Fourteen groups, who have survived a rigorous selection process, will compete for the 16th championship title.
Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Oct 26, 2007
Halloween in Tokyo
For those looking to entertain excited kids this Halloween, Roppongi Hills hosts its annual seasonal bonanza on Oct. 27-31.
Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Oct 19, 2007
Pop goes Celtic
Irish singing sensation Celtic Woman are touring Japan in late November and early December. Often referred to as "Riverdance for the voice," the group have a strong fan base in Japan.
Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Oct 12, 2007
Glenn Miller Orchestra brings a touch of brass
The Glenn Miller Orchestra returns to Japan for a national tour starting Nov. 19 that includes performances in Tokyo, Hokkaido, Osaka and Fukuoka.
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Oct 12, 2007
Delta Lady Coolidge still captivating crowds at 62
World-famous singer Rita Coolidge performs in Tokyo and Nagoya Oct. 14-20. Coolidge's versatile voice, ranging from the clear to the sultry, has captivated audiences in genres including country, folk, pop, rock and R&B for nearly four decades.
CULTURE / Books
Oct 7, 2007
Stepping into the alternate world of Japan
JAPAN THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS: Shaman to Shinto, by Alan Macfarlane. Profile Books Ltd., 2007, 256 pp., £16.99 (cloth) Reviewed by MARIKO KATO "In many ways I was like Alice, that very assured and middle-class English girl, when she walked through the looking glass."
Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Sep 28, 2007
Torture chamber
Self-styled "hardcore chamber music group" Koch-Schutz-Studer come to Japan to take up a weeklong "residency" at Super-Deluxe in Roppongi, Tokyo on Oct. 1-7.
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Sep 21, 2007
Touring German ensemble offer up brass from the past
German Brass, one of the world's top brass ensembles, will tour Japan Sept. 23-28. Ten experienced players perform together in a unique combination, showing off their effortless synchronization perfected over more than three decades and entertaining the audience with a wide and varied repertoire.

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Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on