Music Japan

Presentation in September

Presentation in September

  • 8th August 2015

The violin as an instrument of civilization and progress: one of the first newspaper advertisements, Tokyo Daily Newspaper, 22 April 1888 On 18 September 2015 I will be giving a lecture on the subject of Not by Love Alone at the German-Japanese Society in Bonn (in German). For details see…

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Tôkyô Shônen Ongakutai  東京少年音楽隊

Tôkyô Shônen Ongakutai  東京少年音楽隊

  • 7th May 2015

Established in 1895 by Shikama Totsuji 四竈訥治(訥堂、1853 – 1928), this youth band was one of the first of its kind. A few years later several department stores founded youth bands. They performed publicly and were important for making Western music more widely heard. The following year Shikama Totsuji moved back…

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“The Kamaishi Band”

“The Kamaishi Band”

  • 11th March 2015

11 March 2015. Already 4 years have passed since the great earthquake and tsunami struck North-Eastern Japan. One of the hard-hit towns on the Iwate coast was Kamaishi, which was also destroyed in the Sanriku tsunami of 1896. This picture I found by chance as I was going through the…

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