Kana Ishiguro
Japan Times
May 7, 2003
Tsugaru soul man
"Artistic skill that cannot be appreciated by young people is bound to fade away."
Japan Times
Apr 30, 2003
Pulling a few strings for teens
Last summer, at his annual Saito Kinen Festival in Nagano Prefecture, maestro Seiji Ozawa chose to perform the opera "Peter Grimes," in which the sea imagery represents the protagonist's emotions. Harpist Naoko Yoshino, one of the invited guest musicians, contributed greatly to the opera's success by...
Japan Times
Apr 24, 2003
Shooting from the soul
Mark Deeble and Victoria Stone met at a diving class when they were students. Then, after graduation, they worked on an environmental-impact assessment project in the beautiful Fal estuary in Cornwall, southwest England, where a new port was being planned. It was the love of the sea and nature they developed...
Japan Times
Jan 22, 2003
Leading the way
In 1995 Tomomi Nishimoto was regularly sneaking into an auditorium to watch an esteemed Bolshoi maestro rehearse. Seven years later, she was appointed the first Japanese chief conductor of Russia's state-run Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra Millennium.
Japan Times
Dec 8, 2002
There's cows in them there hills
Even today, most of the "milk" in Japan is soymilk, eaten as tofu. The lactic sort, from cows, may be steadily growing in popularity, but consumption per person is still only around a liter a week, according to government data issued last year.
Japan Times
Dec 4, 2002
The world out there
It is a few minutes before rehearsal.
Japan Times
Oct 20, 2002
Thwarted prodigy scales the heights
In the world of popular classical music, few stars shine brighter than that of pianist Fujiko Hemming, whose debut CD, "La Campanella," has sold more than 900,000 copies worldwide and collected a Japan Gold Disc Award and numerous classical album of the year awards since its release in 1999.
Japan Times
Sep 11, 2002
The maestro at work
MATSUMOTO, Nagano Pref. -- "What does everyone think?"
Japan Times
Oct 31, 2001
A window on Miyazaki's animated world
Colorful characters and animals come alive in the stained-glass windows of Ghibli Museum Mitaka.
Japan Times
Aug 8, 2001
Mamady Keita and Sewa Kan
The rhythms Mamady Keita draws from the djembe can make one feel as though awakened from centuries of sleep or even perhaps strangely nostalgic. They are at once familiar and fresh, offering the forgotten comforts of a mother's heartbeat and stimulating senses unused in everyday modern life.


People wait for the main act to begin at Summer Sonic, which holds simultaneous music festivals for those in Tokyo and Osaka.
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