I returned to the Prague Shakuhachi Festival after a break of a few years. It was great to see a much expanded programme and many familiar faces. I was honoured to play in a performance of Vlatislav Matousek’s ‘Koan’ with Jean-Francois Lagrost and Ensemble 108 Hertz.

I was also fortunate to visit the UNESCO town of Český Krumlov.

I visited the Moravian town of Polička where the composer Bohuslav Martinů was born. Beyond the old town walls is the tower where he was born and raised.

On the 15th October 2010, I performed with Masahiro Niitsuma (biwa), Hazuki Demachi (shakuhachi) and Thomas Charles Marshall (biwa) at St. Ann’s Church in Dublin. The event was hosted by the Japanese Business Association and sponsored by the Ireland Japan Association in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan in Ireland.

The pieces performed included ‘Shika no tone’, ‘Sanya Sugagaki’, ‘Hi fu mi hachigaechi’ and ‘Reihou’.

End of concert with Ambassador Urabe and representatives from the Japanese Business Association and IJA.