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closeup of a Maiko performing at Gion Corner in Kyoto

Gion Corner: The Simplicity of Japanese Musical Art

A show that’s produced for foreign tourists can be an insulting oversimplification of local culture, or it can be an interesting peek into that culture. I wasn’t sure which I was getting when I agreed to go to a performance by Kyoto Traditional Musical Art Foundation  at a venue called Gion Corner, in the famous…

Musical genius

Yesterday my host family took me along to a concert by the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra conducted by Yaniv Attar, who was essentially being auditioned to become the orchestra’s new conductor. The performance featured an appearance by Sharon Isbin, a classical guitarist, as well. After the concert, there was a reception, which I was able to…