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The kokyû – the Violin’s Forgotten Cousin

The kokyû – the Violin’s Forgotten Cousin

  • 12th November 2016

In Not by Love Alone I wrote about “the violin’s forgotten cousin” and Japan’s very own bowed instrument; the kokyû 胡弓 (or 日本胡弓). Its origins are disputed. According to the most plausible theory, it was developed in Japan in the late sixteenth century from the shamisen 三味線, a three-stringed plucked…

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Japanese Violinists’ Birthdays in July

Japanese Violinists’ Birthdays in July

  • 21st July 2016

Birthdays in July include TOKUE Hisako 徳江尚子(比佐子, b. 1945) on 6 July, FURUSAWA Iwao 古澤 巌 (b. 1959) on 11 July, GOTÔ Ryû 五嶋 龍 (b. 1988) on 13 July, TENMA Atsuko 天満 敦子 (b. 1955) on 18 July, as well as FUJIKAWA Mayumi 藤川 真弓 (b. 1946) and SUMI…

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Violinists’ Birthdays in January

Violinists’ Birthdays in January

  • 5th January 2016

Violinists’ birthdays in January include Iwabuchi Ryûtarô 岩淵龍太郎(b. 1928) on 21/I, Shimizu Takashi 清水高師(b. 1953) on 13/I, Shinozaki Fuminori 篠崎史紀 (b. 1963) on 18/1,Suwa Nejiko 諏訪根自子(1920-2012) on 23/1 and Shôji Sayaka 庄司 紗矢香(b. 1983) on 30/I. Iwabuchi Ryûtarô and Suwa Nejiko were among the first “home grown” violinists of Japan….

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Suzuki and Sistema

Suzuki and Sistema

  • 12th October 2015

This month (on 17 October) is Suzuki Shin’ichi’s birthday. Only a year ago, the Suzuki Method was described in the New York Times as “Japan’s Best Overlooked Cultural Export.” Likewise, it still does not seem to be widely known that the Suzuki Method played a role in the development of…

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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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