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Chiho Iuchi

Chiho Iuchi is a writer covering classical music scenes in Japan. She has also been serving as a staff editor at The Japan Times mainly in charge of national day special supplements, in collaboration with more than 100 embassies in Japan, which has (hopefully) broadened her perspectives on music.

For Chiho Iuchi's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Etsko Tazaki creates her own legacy at the piano keys

Music Oct 9, 2018

Etsko Tazaki creates her own legacy at the piano keys

If you were a musician and your death was imminent, what piece of music would you like to cover before you die? Maybe you'd want to play a Sex Pistols track on the guitar, or perhaps try mastering a trumpet solo by Dizzy Gillespie? Pianist ...

You too can grace the stage at Suntory Hall

Music Mar 27, 2018

You too can grace the stage at Suntory Hall

Concert halls aren't just venues to enjoy music, they're landmarks. And among the many scattered around Tokyo, Suntory Hall has had the distinction of being described as a "jewel box of sound" by Austrian conductor Herbert von Karajan (1908-89). The hall, which will hold a ...

Rethinking noh for the opera crowd

Stage | Backstage Pass Mar 1, 2018

Rethinking noh for the opera crowd

Artists have long mined older works to create new forms of expression, just look at the continuing relevance of Shakespeare's stories. Among the oldest surviving performing arts of Japan, noh has been a source of inspiration for many in Japan. Combining narrative chanting, slow movements ...

The year's not over till you hear Beethoven's Symphony No. 9

Music Dec 13, 2017

The year's not over till you hear Beethoven's Symphony No. 9

It's "Beethoven season." The run-up to the new year has long been marked in Japan with performances of Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 — known here simply as "daiku" — gloriously performed by large orchestras featuring around 80 instrumentalists and some 100 choir ...

Giving Cio-Cio San a better ending

Stage | Backstage Pass Aug 3, 2017

Giving Cio-Cio San a better ending

Giacomo Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" tells the story of a young Japanese girl named Cio-Cio San ("chō-chō" is the Japanese word for "butterfly") marrying and getting dumped by an American naval officer named Pinkerton. First performed in Italy in 1904, the opera is one ...