The magazine of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan
Sounds of business
Midori Komachi develops a musical bridge with UK brands
Poor weather couldn’t stop British acts from stealing the show at Fuji Rock Festival ’17
When music takes over
YUSK on Tourette syndrome and the power of the piano
“Three mute girls” from Derbyshire bring quirky gig to Japan
Japanese ears open to UK composers
Violinist’s cultural exchange project
Guitar legend Tomoyasu Hotei dreams of expanding his work globally.
The use of music as a tourism hook, to attract visitors to Britain, has not yet been fully exploited.
Quality key to guitars of note
Josh Parkin Guitars (JPG) is a good example of what you can do if you have a honed skill—and the wherewithal to get on an aeroplane, leave your native country, and set up a small, but highly specialised business in a distant land.
The Prodigy Daughter
Members of the BCCJ attending the annual British Business Awards on 1 November can expect an evening of humour, awards, as well as excellent food and drink. But the highlight is expected to be Diana Yukawa.
Brighton Rocks Chiba Beach
Under a clear blue sky on a long stretch of beach at Makuhari Seaside Park in Chiba Prefecture, the Big Beach Festival ’13 brought thousands of music lovers together to indulge in the music of some of the world’s best DJs.
The 50-year Friendship
As the final note of Bruckner’s Symphony No 9 died away in the highest reaches of the Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall, the crowd erupted into applause.
Living the Dream
In bars, live houses and recording studios around Tokyo, musicians from across the UK are demonstrating that Britons really do have talent.
Synergy and Synthesis
Nick Wood can trace his musical career back to the day at boarding school when he realised that students who signed up for piano lessons were excused from prep.
Susanne Bayly was pregnant with Diana Yukawa on 12 August 1985, when Japan Airlines flight 123 from Haneda International Airport to Osaka crashed into Mt Osutaka in Gunma Prefecture. Diana’s father Akihisa was among the 520 people who did not survive the worst single-aircraft crash in history.
Strictly Singing—for Charity
Singing, to some of us, is a pursuit closely associated with showers and karaoke bars. To others, it is a distant memory from their youth, days of Sunday school and campfires. Then there are those who sing along to their favourite music in their head, lest they embarrass themselves or others should they let rip.
Secrets of the Stars
After 20 years of interviewing the good, bad and ugly from the world of rock and roll, Guy Perryman has plenty of anecdotes to tell about the stars, from those whose laid-back approach to a schedule drives their Japanese handlers berserk to others whose egos have trouble fitting through the door with them.