Piano Studies at Susquehanna University

Chamber Music Exchange JAPAN

"A Window to Japan - Western Concert Music Through the Eyes of Japan"
MUSC: 310
(fulfills the GO! requirement)

2011 Trip Itinerary


May 17 (Tu) Meet at Harrisburg (MDT) airport
May 18 (W) Arrive Tokyo's Narita (NRT) airport
Travel to Niigata University by bullet train, arriving approximately 8pm
Check into university housing and group dinner
May 19 (Th)

Daily rehearsals and coachings start
7:00pm - Recital: Jeffrey Fahnestock, tenor; Naomi Niskala, piano; Koji Tanaka, piano

May 24 (T) Head to town of Koide by bus, check into Japanese Inn
Rehearsals and coachings in Koide's Cultural Center Concert Hall
May 25 (W) Performances for Koide kindergarten and elementary school children
Eat lunch with the elementary school children
Leave back to the university, arriving around 5pm
May 27 (F) Recital performance at Niigata University
May 28 (Sa) Leave by train and taxi to Niigata Port, board ferry to Sado Island, arrive 12 noon
Private bus tour of the island (Chokokuji and Myosenji temples, sake brewery, Osado Sky Line, Senkakuwan Bay), with drop-off at the Japanese Inn around 5pm
Check into Japanese rooms and dinner at the inn
May 29 (Su) Morning: 3 hour walking tour of Aikawa's town temples and shrines and visit with local traditional Sado potters, one of whom is a National Treasure
Afternoon: free - explore Kinzan's gold mine museum or the streets of Aikawa
May 30 (M) depart Sado Island by ferry to Niigata city, then bullet train to Tokyo
Arrive Tokyo around 2pm, check into hotel
Optional afternoon trip: Asakusa Temple
May 31 (T) Morning: Tokyo Edo Museum
Afternoon: Ginza
Group dinner: Midorizushi, GInza
June 1 (W) Morning: Kabuki performance
Afternoon: Harajuku/Omotesando districts
Group dinner: Kushisuke, Shibuya
June 2 (Th) Day trip to Nikko National Park, Tochigi Prefecture (75 miles north of Tokyo)
Group dinner: izakaya near hotel
June 3 (F) Morning: Japan Minka Museum
Afternoon: free
Group dinner
June 4 (Sa) Morning: free
Depart for Narita airport
Arrive back at Harrisburg airport










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