Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 10:14 am
Hiroo Onoda, a Japanese intelligence officer who for 29 years after the end of World War II continued to hide, fight and kill in the jungles of the Philippines because he did not believe the war was over, has died.
Japan's Asahi Shimbun says Onoda died Thursday in a Tokyo hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia. He was 91. The newspaper sums up the story of Onoda's post-war years this way:
Each week on World Music, we not only hear great sounds and songs from around the world, but I share a little news about the many interesting festivals that are taking place this week as well. Read on to learn about an one of Japan's most celebrated stories, "pole dancing" in Guatemala, and a controversial practice in India.
There’s an act coming to San Antonio that can’t be beat -- The Yamato Drummers. Arts San Antonio is bringing them to the Lila Cockrell this Sunday. The group use ancient Taiko drums, but in very untraditional ways. Gen Hidaka talks about how their performance varies from tradition.
"It’s really original, it’s really modern and it’s really dynamic music," Hidaka said. "And people also consider that it’s really entertaining. We also sometimes sing. It’s not only about music it could be like martial arts. It’s like boxing."
Festivals associated with the gods are normally characterized by peace and reverence, but not at the Nada No Kenka Matsuri (Oct. 14-15) in Japan. Every year, men of all ages engage in a colossal pushing, shoving and general rowdiness at a procession involving large shrines mounted on platforms carried through the streets.
Each week on World Music, we not only hear great sounds from around the world, but I share a little news about the many interesting festivals that are taking place this week as well. This week, hear about a flower festival celebrated in India--and right here in San Antonio, as well!
The San Antonio Museum of Art opens a window to Japan that few in South Texas have looked through. The exhibition is called "Lethal Beauty," and as curator Andreas Marks notes, the pieces within are both.
"'Lethal Beauty' is showcasing the danger behind samurai weapons and armor, but at the same time the beauty that is also inherent in these objects,” he says.
It's all exhibited at SAMA’s Cowden Gallery, which is filled with arms and armor.
Each week on World Music (Saturday nights from 8-10 on KSTX 89.1 FM), I take a look at festivals happening around the world along with the music of the cultures they represent. This week, we’re ridding the land of evil spirits in Japan, and celebrating St. Joseph in Spain.
Toyko, Japan's Shugo Tokumaru is a rapidly rising star in his own country, and with his anticipated showcase at South By Southwest (SXSW) next month, perhaps worldwide. Tokumaru started playing the piano at age five, and has been immersed in the music world since then. His ardent fans await his releases with unbridled enthusiasm.