It’s a Long Way to Tipperary – from Sendai

It’s a Long Way to Tipperary – from Sendai

  • 10th November 2021

Come to think of it, it’s a really long way to Tipperary from the provincial town in northern Japan. But that didn’t prevent a Japanese high school student from singing the テッペラリーソング (‘Tipperary Song’), in a concert at Miyagi Teacher Training College in Sendai in February 1916. Published in 1912…

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Earthquakes, Tsunami, and Charity Concerts: 1896 and 2011

Earthquakes, Tsunami, and Charity Concerts: 1896 and 2011

  • 10th March 2021

This week, on 11 March it will be ten years since the triple disaster – earthquake, tsunami, and the multiple nuclear meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant – hit North-Eastern Japan. While the third was man-made and unprecedented, natural disasters, alas, are not new to Japan. The Sanriku coast…

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Ivry Gitlis イヴリー・ギトリス (1922-2020) in Japan

Ivry Gitlis イヴリー・ギトリス (1922-2020) in Japan

  • 31st December 2020

The great violinist Ivry Gitlis (b.1922) passed away on 24 December 2020. Others, musicians, people who had the good fortune to meet him have written about him, much better than I can do. Nevertheless, I’m re-posting a blog I wrote for violinist.com a year after the North-Eastern Japan earthquake and…

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