The Sound of Japan: The World of Sōkyoku Today / Dannish Japanese Music Society (FY2021 grant project)
Ayumi Shimonoto, a koto player in the Yamada school, has produced "Sōkyoku x Gagaku: The Japanese Classics and Contemporary," a concert video that aims to deepen understanding of sōkyoku—compositions for the koto—and to encourage recognition of Japanese traditional music through a cultural exchange.
In the video, Ms. Shimonoto is joined on stage by Takashi Ishikawa, who plays the shō, a traditional Japanese reed instrument. They perform songs for the koto and gagaku—old court music—for the shō.
The first half of the program features a selection of classic masterpieces, "Rokudan no Shirabe," "Etenraku," and "Hatsunekyoku," to cast light on traditional music. In the latter half they introduce the audience to the future direction of Sōkyoku as a living art. After a message from a contemporary composer Yuka Takechi and a performance of a piece by her, "Rose," the artists perform their own composition, "Aki no Kaze (Autumn Wind)."
Prior to the performance, Ms. Shimonoto and Mr. Ishikawa offer a workshop-style introduction to the history and of the koto and shō and how they are played, to add to the viewer’s understanding.
A video by art historian Sophie Richard that introduces Japanese art (FY2021 grant project)
Art historian Sophie Richard's videos on Japan (FY2021 grant project)
Ms. Sophie Richard, art historian and author of ‘The Art Lover’s Guide to Japanese Museums,’ has produced a series of videos in which she talks to people from the world of art about their love of Japanese arts. Here, she interviews Ms. Masami Yamada, Japanese art curator in the Asian Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum, about her role, and about the V&A’s Japanese art collection. The video features a walk-through introduction to the museum’s Toshiba Gallery of Japanese art.
‘Tokyo: Art & Photography – Exhibition Film’ produced by the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology
"Oyama, A Sacred Mountain of Japan" produced by the Oyama Pilgrimage Committee
Introducing Japanese traditional music program held by Morikami Museum (USA)
We would like to introduce a digest video of an educational webinar about koto and biwa held by the Morikami Museum (FY2020 Grant) in Florida, USA in collaboration with Japan Cultural Promotion Management in February, 2021. Click here to see a more detailed video.
Art historian Ms. Sophie Richard's videos on Japan (FY2020 grant project)
15th Annual Concert Glories of the Japanese Music Heritage XV (Institute for Medieval Japanese Studies, Japanese Cultural Heritage Initiatives, Columbia University)
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25th anniversary essay contest awards ceremony
Toshiba International Foundation honors the winners of its 25th anniversary essay contest. Awards Ceremony, June 22, 2015 The winners spoke on aspects of Japan they most value, and offered suggestions on messages for Japan to share with the world.
The Project Japan
“The Project japan”, a feature program on the 25th anniversary international symposium in Japan on October 3th, was covered by Channel Japan, a magazine-style informational program broadcast across Asia.(December 14th ,2014)
International Summer School Japan Orientation | University of East Anglia (UEA)
Making Kintaro candy, rock
We have made Kintaro hard candy as a novelty gift to mark TIFO’s 25th anniversary. There are three designs: 25 for the years, TIFO for the foundation, and 東芝, the kanji for Toshiba Cooperation.
The candy-making process is, definitely is, must have is here highly skilled and interesting, and we decided to make this video so you can see it for yourself. We hope you enjoy it.
25th anniversary message
This year, TIFO celebrates its 25th anniversary. To commemorate this, we have created this 2-minute video review of our policies and activities. We hope you enjoy it.
Player: Pro Musica Nipponia