Tuesday, 31 August 2021 – Dutoit came to Japan for the Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival

Good evening from Tokyo under the fourth time state of emergency.
Day 51.

In Japan, the Delta variant virus is spreading horribly across the country, and medical services are collapsing. However, this month the Olympics were held here, and now the Paralympics are being held. I think that in this situation the Japanese Government has no choice but to allow classical musicians from overseas to enter the country to keep up its facade.

Japan is still practically closed the country. But there are many classical musicians from overseas staying in Japan now. Of course they have to be self-quarantine after entering the country. For example, now, the great contemporary music group Ensemble InterContemporain, young Turkish pianist Can Cakmur and conductor Charles Dutoit are in Japan.

Dutoit came to Japan for the Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival. However, a week ago this festival was cancelled. This weekend’s concert by the Saito Kinen Orchestra under the baton of Dutoit has been changed to a non-audience concert. This concert will be streamed on YouTube.

More details are here.

Japanese article 日本語記事

Today’s photos are of the flowers of the Hydrangea quercifolia (oakleaf hydrangea or oak-leaved hydrangea). They are very unique hydrangeas with large white flowers. I captured them on 10 June.

Good night. Have a nice dream.

Wear a mask and wash your hands.
Stay safe and healthy 😊😷🖖🖖🖖🖖🖖
31 August 2021 #tokyo #japan