The IPO and Zubin Mehta have been guests in Japan 9 times over the past 30 years.  It has impresario Tadatsugu Sasaki to thank for the wonderful conditions and organization.

The last evening of each visit is reserved for a reception at his home when he hosts a dinner for the entire orchestra.

relaxing at Sasaki's

Maestro Mehta expressed his wish to make the Tenth visit in the near future, and there are rumors that the orchestra will be returning in 4 years to make it a round number!

Zubin thanking our Japanese hosts


lucky guy at Sasaki's reception

Sasaki’s home is a combination of museum, office space and practice rooms for his true love, the Tokyo Ballet.  The reception rooms are packed with mementoes, artifacts, figurines and European artwork.

Uzi at Sasaki's

The last concert was a broadcast from the NHK Auditorium as part of a Beethoven Cycle by visiting orchestras.  The IPO performed the 6th and 7th symphonies. See video >>