Meiji History

A Long Retirement: Tokugawa Yoshinobu, the Last Shogun

A Long Retirement: Tokugawa Yoshinobu, the Last Shogun

  • 16th June 2018

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration (明治維新 or Meiji Renewal in Japanese), dated from the proclamation of the restoration of political power to the emperor on 3 January 1868 (or the ninth day of the twelfth month of the fourth year of Keiô, according –the old…

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The Suzuki String Quartet and Kate I. Hansen’s ‘Slesvig’

The Suzuki String Quartet and Kate I. Hansen’s ‘Slesvig’

  • 28th May 2018

Kate I. Hansen’s work Slesvig was first performed by the Suzuki String Quartet in 1932. How she met them is unclear, but at the time professional string quartets in Japan hardly existed. The Quartet was founded by Suzuki Shin’ichi (1898-1998) soon after his return from Berlin, where he studied from…

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A Long Retirement: Tokugawa Yoshinobu, the Last Shogun

A Long Retirement: Tokugawa Yoshinobu, the Last Shogun

  • 11th May 2018

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration (明治維新 or Meiji Renewal in Japanese), dated from the proclamation of the restoration of political power to the emperor on 3 January 1868 (or the ninth day of the twelfth month of the fourth year of Keiô, according to the…

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