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28 July 2015

The Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta Comes to Tokyo

Following the huge success of their concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London in March 2014, the Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta is performing at Opera City in Tokyo on August 20th 2015 at 7pm. The concert is the culmination of this year’s project, organised by the UK-based charity Keys of Change. Internationally acclaimed concert pianist Panos Karan, the founder of Keys of Change, has been working with young musicians from middle schools in Fukushima for the past four years.

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17 July 2015

Celebrating Satsuma 150

Izumi Thomas is the chair of Satsuma 150 which is being celebrated in the UK this year. Satsuma 150 aims to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Satsuma students in the UK in 1865. Izumi is from Fukiage in Kagoshima and now lives in London where she is a freelance translator and a visiting researcher at the British Museum. Below is an interview with her about this year’s commemoration.

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7 July 2015

ピカ PIKA Concert at Windmill Brixton on Thursday 16 July 2015

ピカ PIKA /Moon Mama of Afrirampo /Acid Mothers Temple (Japan) is playing a two set show at Windmill Brixton. The drummer and guitarist from Osaka is famous in Japan’s Experimental Rock and Improv scene for being the drummer of the legendary Japanese duo ‘Afrirampo’ (2002-2010), as well as for playing in Acid Mothers Temple. When: Thursday

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6 July 2015

Satsuma Biwa Concert at the City of London Festival on Wednesday 8 July 2015

Satsuma Biwa Concert with Junko Ueda at the City of London Festival 2015. Junko Ueda is a Japanese singer/satsuma-biwa player, presenting Japanese traditional biwa lute music (story-telling) as well as contemporary pieces for the instrument. Ueda studied satsuma-biwa with the famous Kinshi Tsuruta and composition at the Tokyo College of Music. When: Wednesday 8 July,

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16 September 2014

Scottish Chamber Orchestra's 2014/15 opening concert is a Toshio Hosokawa Harp Concerto World Premiere on 9 October 2014

In the March 2014 funding round, the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation awarded a Small Grant to the Scottish Chamber Orchestra to help fund visits to Scotland by the composer Toshio Hosokawa and the harpist Naoko Yoshino for two performances of Aeolus, a harp concerto written especially for the SCO, and pre-concert talks, leading to further partnerships between the SCO and Japanese artists.

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23 July 2014

Edinburgh Festival 2014 Japan Events

Although most of the Japanese events are featured at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, there are a few unmissable events at the Edinburgh Book Festival and International Festival. Be sure to check out Haruki Murakami’s new book release, and Midori 2’s  concert recital in which she brings the two genres of classical and electronic music together, featuring Mario Davidovsky.

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15 July 2014

Hyper Japan Highlights 25th to the 27th of July 2014

Hyper Japan returns to Earl’s Court this summer with an exciting line up of events, covering all aspects of popular and traditional Japanese culture. Ranging from food, gaming, anime and technology, the unmissable event opens its doors on the 25th of July and runs through the weekend to the 27th.

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