Instrument/Discipline: Shamisen, Voice, Chanoyu (Tea Ceremony)
School (流): Kouta (小唄), Kasuga School (春日); Chanoyu (茶の湯), Urasenke (裏千家)
Ha/Kai (流派/会): Kasuga-kai (春日会)
Professional Name (芸名): Kasuga Toyoyoshiyū (春日とよ吉裕); Sōyū (宗裕)
Employment: University of Pittsburgh (Graduate Student)
Work Address: Department of Music, University of Pittsburgh, 214 Music Building, 4337 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Work Phone: 412-624-4124
Do you teach? Yes
Do you perform? Yes
Yuko Eguchi grew up in Tokyo, taking lessons in classical ballet, piano, and later nagauta shamisen. She graduated from Bates College in 2003 with a major in Music Composition and a minor in Economics. After working for Japan Cable Television in Tokyo for two years, she completed an MA at the University of Pittsburgh, writing on Hindu ritual music and diasporic culture.
She is currently working on a PhD in Ethnomusicology. Her research focuses on aesthetic concepts in geisha music and dance. In 2009-2010 she received the Japan Iron and Steel Federation Mitsubishi Foundation Fellowship through which she conducted field research on geisha songs (kouta) and dance (kouta-buri) in Tokyo.
In addition to her studies and research on music, Yuko has also been practicing Japanese tea ceremony since 1993. She has studied under Soko Akiyama, a master of the Urasenke school of tea ceremony. In 2009, Yuko herself received the master title of tea ceremony, Sōyū (宗裕), certified by Soshitsu Sen XVI.