Yuko Eguchi Wright

  • Japanese music

Office Hours

  • Spring 2021: Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:30pm-1:30pm and by appointment

Classes Taught

  • JPNSE 0007: Japanese Culture and Civilization (Fall 2020)
  • JPNSE 1070: World of Japan: History of Japanese Music (Spring 2019, Spring 2020)

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Ethnomusicology, University of Pittsburgh, 2016
  • Assistant Professor title (Jun Kyōju) of Japanese tea ceremony certified by current head of Urasenke School, Sen Sōshitsu XVI, 2013 (tea name, Sōyū (宗裕))
  • Artistic master title of kouta, Kasuga Toyo Yoshiyū (春日とよ吉裕) from the Kasuga School, 2012
  • M.A., Ethnomusicology, University of Pittsburgh, 2008
  • B.S., Music Composition, Bates College, 2003

Representative Publications

“Embodied Orality: Transmission in Traditional Japanese Music,” co-authored with Bruno Deschênes, Asian Music, vol. 49, no. 1, Society for Asian Music, University of Texas Press, 2018.
Digital Curriculum Project: Japanese Tea Ceremony,” Five College Center for East Asian Studies, Five College Consortium, 2014.
Re-Creating ‘India’ through Ritual and Musical Practices in Pittsburgh, USA,” Asian Musicology, vol. 12, p. 49-83, The Council for Asian Musicology, Chung Ang University, Korea, 2008.

Research Interests

I have been fascinated by the music and dance traditions passed down among Japanese geisha as well as the complex aesthetics, spirituality, and philosophy behind the Japanese tea ceremony. I’m currently researching “ozashiki shamisen,” the instrumental music performed during the beginning and intermission periods of ozashiki (private banquets) at the ryōtei (high class restaurants) in the Taishō and Shōwa eras.