Saturday, January 5, 2013

Shamisen Player - Koji Yamaguchi
Tokai Japan Canada Society - Business Committee

Person Of Interest
We aim to bring you stories of interesting people in Japan or Canada that have excelled at a vocation or are an integral part of making the Tokai Japan Canada Society continue to work at improving ties between Japan and Canada.

Person of Interest: Koji Yamaguchi

Career: Shamisen Player

Age: 23 years old

Hometown: Nagoya, Aichi

Our first POI Person of Interest is Mr. Koji Yamaguchi. Koji has been making music since he was 9 years old. Learning from his master teacher and becoming an elite shamisen player he brings great joy to those of the older generations as they can listen to traditional Japanese folk music played both traditionally and with a new found zest. Additionally, Koji plays a style that shows fast and furious energy and his shows always have a unique brand of vigor and a long overdue collaborative style with non-traditional instruments. Additionally he occasionally breathes new life to other Pop music melodies famous with international listeners.

Mr. Yamaguchi will be playing with a small group of 4 other players at the Tokai Japan Canada Society (TJCS) Shinenkai on January 16, 2013.

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Q: Which is your favorite international artist?
A: Herbie Hancock I like the character and depth of the artist.
(Herbie Hancock is a legend in modern music with 14 Grammy Awards.)

Q: What instrument would you think would be great with the shamisen?
A: Any instrument would be good, but I would like to collaborate with a pianist. For vocals, of course Herbie Hancock would be great.

Q: What advice would you give someone who aims to be great at what they do, musical or otherwise.
A: Just enjoy what you do. No matter what it is, if you can’t have a passion for what you do, it will be difficult to excel!

Q: What would you like others you know about you and the shamisen?
A: I want others to know about the instrument itself including the materials that go into making the parts.
-       These instruments sell from $3000 - $50,000

Where you can find Koji Yamaguchi:

Friday, December 21, 2012

TJCS Shinenkai New Years Networking event and Welcome of Ambassador

Welcome Canada’s newest Ambassador, Mackenzie Clugston, to Nagoya and the Tokai region by joining us at the Nagoya Hilton for our New Years Celebration and Networking Event.

The event offers you:

·      Networking opportunities with company representatives from our business membership & corporate leaders from around central Japan.

·      A shamisen concert by phenom Koji Yamaguchi and his troupe

·      A bountiful buffet dinner, a 2 hour open bar, and a cocktail 1/2 hour

·      An opportunity to make new friends and find new possibilities

·      A great way to kick off the New Year!

Where: Nagoya Hilton
When: 6:30 pm January 16, 2013 (Event closes at 9:00pm)
What: TJCS Shinenkai / Networking Event / New Canadian Ambassador Welcome
Fee: 6000 yen TJCS Members, 7000 non members
Sign up for the event here:
Sign up Deadline - January 11th (spaces are limited).
Those who sign up and do not attend will be invoiced.

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This event is brought to you by the TJCS Business Committee
The business committee has worked hard over the last few years creating events and activities to help promote commercial enterprise between Japan and Canada. This will be the grand event of our 2012-13 Canada Means Business event series schedule as we join the general membership of the Tokai Japan Canada Society to open the doors to the Tokai region to our latest honorable Canadian representative.


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