“Freedom of Expression”; thoughts after the Charlie Hebdo Attack

What draws the line between free speech and hate speech? Having the right to speak freely allows us to express our thoughts. Yet, speaking freely without any constraints may often lead to conflicts between either individuals or social groups, such as in the Charlie Hebdo…

G10 Okinawa Expedition

From October 17 to October 21st, a group of 26 students including myself went to a expedition to Okinawa. The whole point of the expedition was to get a diving licence and we took tests every night in order to pass our final tests. There…

Exclusive: Capulet’s True Faces Revealed

CATCH UP ON THE LATEST NEWS! After the news of Capulet’s daughter Juliet and Montague’s son Romeo’s death, rumours about the Capulet family have been spreading. It is said that Capulet was “forcing” Juliet into marrying Paris even though she didn’t find him as her ideal Prince….

Clouds for Alma – Concert Reflection

We have worked on a piece called Clouds for Alma for a couple of months and on March 11th, we performed this is piece at the Hougaku Concert. Here is a video of our performance: My areas of focus in the concert was to keep the…

Clouds for Alma – practice log (after break)

During the break and also during class after break, we practiced Clouds for Alma and made many improvements in our performance compared to how we played before the break. I focused on the three exact same parts that I talked about in my previous blog…

Clouds for Alma – practice log (before break)

For the past few weeks, we have been working on a piece called “Clouds for Alma” by Hiroshi Yoshimura. There are 4 movements in this piece and here are 3 sections that I want to improve on the most. In these parts, I have focused…

Warabe Uta Reflection

Since the beginning of this school year, we have been working a piece called “Warabe Uta” by Yuize Shinichi. During the process of practicing, we have focused on many different things. We mainly talked about dynamics, tempo, listening to the other parts and the different techniques to use…

#BTS First Week

The high points of this week was reuniting with my friends and meeting new people because I missed them over the summer and I made new friends with the new students. Having classes with the people I’ve never had a class before was also a…

Middle School Spring Concert – Hikaru Umi Reflection

On June 3rd, we had our middle school spring concert, which was also our last concert with the whole 8th grade koto class. In this concert, we played a piece called Hikaru Umi by Tadao Sawai. We worked on this piece for about 2 months and…

Does classical music make you smarter?

I chose to focus on the myth: Classical music makes you smarter. This is mostly proven to be false, but no one completely knows how the brain works with classical music and the reason to this. An ear, nose and throat doctor called Albert Tomatis…