Posts by: margaret

The Travelling Taishôgoto 大正琴

The Travelling Taishôgoto 大正琴

  • 9th May 2020

Musical instruments from Japan – Yamaha grand pianos and wind instruments come to mind, or Suzuki violins; or else traditional Japanese instruments, of which the large taiko drums and the shakuhachi flute are probably most familiar in the West. Occasionally one can also hear other instruments in Europe, such as…

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Emperor Meiji (3): The Man and the Image

Emperor Meiji (3): The Man and the Image

  • 24th May 2019

Japan’s victory over Russia in 1905, although won at great cost and, one might say, by the skin of their teeth, represented a great triumph and gave rise to an upsurge in nationalism. By 1905 many Japanese were too young to remember the time of their country’s humiliating weakness in…

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