Japan Society Award for David Hughes

David Hughes (SOAS, University of London) is the recipient of the 2011 Japan Society Award, for "outstanding contributions to Anglo-Japanese relations and understanding" through his long-term "significant contribution to knowledge and understanding of varied Japanese musical traditions and practice”. The Japan Society’s citation further reads: “It is thanks to David that many in the UK have first encountered a wide range of music, including folk song from Okinawa to the north of Japan, music from noh, kabuki and bunraku theatres, gagaku, formal classical music, taiko and more. At the same time, he has been actively engaged in the establishment and development of groups within the UK devoted to practice, including the Okinawa Sanshinkai and the London Noh Group.” Congratulations, David, on this award!