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From My NYC Window, Gazing Down on Magnificent Lincoln Center

New York, N.Y. Since it opened in 1959 as the first complex art facility in the United States, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on Manhattan’s Upper West Side has offered a plethora of cultural events and activities. My home is in front of this Lincoln Center. I live in a building that was built 37 years […]

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Kodō: Working with Pierre Cardin to Bring Japanese Drum Art to the World

New York, N.Y. There is a great group in Japan called “Kodō” (鼓童), a group that based on folk culture of the island of Sado with performances of Japanese drums and dances. But before this group was created, there was a drum group called Ondekoza (鬼太鼓座)  — “the demon drum group” — is a taiko drum troupe whose members became the group“Kodō.” […]

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From Poland, Where Jews Died, Henryk Tomashevski’s Great Mime Group

New York, N.Y. An amazing art group comes from Poland, a nation with a dark past, a tragic country for Jews. I have visited many countries and brought numerous cultural groups all across Eastern Europe. We started back in the day in East Germany and I then went to all the Communist countries. There were various groups worthy of […]

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More Memories of My Friend Leonard Bernstein

New York, N.Y. The greatest ever American musician, Leonard Bernstein, was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts in August, 1918. This year — 2018 — was the Bernstein’s 100th birthday and there were many celebrations, man features in various media. Because he was indeed the greatest musician ever born in the United States. Bernstein was a Jewish American composer, conductor and pianist. More than […]

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Bunraku Story (Part A)

New York, N.Y.  The story when I first introduced Japanese Bunraku to foreign countries When I was working as an international business operator, I often introduced Japanese traditional culture to the U.S. for the first time. The performance was a huge success when I first brought Kabuki to the US, but it was so difficult and there […]

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For Native Americans, Thanksgiving Can Be a Mixed Blessing

Washington, D.C.  Growing up, attorney Anita Shifflett celebrated Thanksgiving in the same way as most other Americans, by getting together with relatives to enjoy a hearty meal. “Thanksgiving meant family,” said Shifflett, a card-carrying member of the Native American Lumby tribe. “You had to go home for Thanksgiving. You had to go back to the […]

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