Music: Like a Flower on a Pond

The classics flourish in Japan, but how deep are their roots?

Down the long corridors of the Tokyo University of Arts and in the crowded classrooms of the Toho Gakuen school, the technicians are at work, taking the measure of one of Japan's hottest imports. They pore over its structure as carefully as they would over a new automobile design; they grasp it as firmly as they do a microchip or a reflex-camera lens, anticipating the day when their country will be as formidable in this field as it is in so many others. It is not the Three Cs—cameras, computers and...

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