Experience Japan 2010

April 27, 2010

Ireland held its’ first “Experience Japan Day” at Farmleigh House in Dublin. It was organised by UCD, OPW and a group of dedicated volunteers. Junshi Murakami (Irish harp) and I played a number of Japanese folk tunes to fit in with this cherry blossom festival or hanami.

Japanese Gardens

May 23, 2010

The Japanese Gardens at the Irish National Stud is celebrating 100 years in 2010. Junshi Murakami and I were invited to play at the tree-planting ceremony by the Ireland Japan Association.

Cool Earth Fair

August 17, 2010

Junshi Murakami and I performed at the Cool Earth Fair at the Festival of World Cultures 2010 in Dun Laoghaire. The event was run by the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s Environment, Culture and Community Department.

Prague Shakuhachi Festival 2010

October 25, 2010

I returned to the Prague Shakuhachi Festival after a break of a few years. It was great to see a much expanded programme and many familiar faces. I was honoured to play in a performance of Vlatislav Matousek’s ‘Koan’ with Jean-Francois Lagrost and Ensemble 108 Hertz.

I was also fortunate to visit the UNESCO town of Český Krumlov.

I visited the Moravian town of Polička where the composer Bohuslav Martinů was born. Beyond the old town walls is the tower where he was born and raised.

Traditional Japanese Music Concert

October 22, 2010

On the 15th October 2010, I performed with Masahiro Niitsuma (biwa), Hazuki Demachi (shakuhachi) and Thomas Charles Marshall (biwa) at St. Ann’s Church in Dublin. The event was hosted by the Japanese Business Association and sponsored by the Ireland Japan Association in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan in Ireland.

The pieces performed included ‘Shika no tone’, ‘Sanya Sugagaki’, ‘Hi fu mi hachigaechi’ and ‘Reihou’.

End of concert with Ambassador Urabe and representatives from the Japanese Business Association and IJA.