Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan to Perform Bach in Kobe and Tokyo

Masaaki Suzuki and Bach Collegium Japan ⓒteamMIURA       Organist, harpsichordist, and conductor Masaaki Suzuki and his Bach Collegium Japan ensemble are set to finish recording the complete choral works of Johann Sebastian Bach.   It will be the first time for Bach’s complete choral works—over 220 works—to be recorded by a single group.   […]

You Can Put A Modern Twist to ‘Tsumamizaiku,’ the Hairpins of Old

    They’re called the tsumamizaiku, those cute, at times dainty, hairpins. But centuries before they became ubiquitous among young ladies today, they were the traditional accessories made and used by female servants of the Imperial court during the Edo period 300 years ago.     In those times, high society people in the court […]

Munakata Shrine and Okinoshima’s Mysteries: UNESCO Considers Japanese Island As World Heritage Site

  This week, UNESCO will consider Japan’s proposal to nominate “Okinoshima Island and Related Sites in the Munakata Region” as a World Heritage Site. We sat down with Takayuki Ashizu, chief priest of Munakata Shrine, to understand why the new nomination is so important, and what the ancient rituals of Okinoshima mean to the priests […]

Book Review: O’Reilly and Dugard’s “Killing the Rising Sun” is Anti-History, Convenient Fiction

    By Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard 323 pages Henry Holt & Co.: New York, 2016     Jason Morgan, for JAPAN Forward     In April 2017, disgraced former Fox News personality and self-styled “conservative” pundit Bill O’Reilly denounced as a war crime the use of chemical weapons in an attack on Syria. […]