London & Durham, UK
Gina BARNES has been married to David HUGUES since 1975 and has shared in his journey around the world of Japanese music. She is a leading figure in Japanese and East Asian archaeology, as reflected in her recent book ‘Archaeology of East Asia: the rise of civilization in China, Korea and Japan’ and her founding of the Society for East Asian Archaeology. She taught for 24 years at Cambridge and Durham Universities and has produced over a hundred publications.
In 1981 Gina received a professional name, TOSHA Keiho, from her teacher of shinobue and nokan flutes, TOSHA Suiho I (now TOSHA Meisho II). She enjoys singing and accompanying min’yō and performing Okinawan music.