People and fish enjoy string music in Miyako

People and fish enjoy string music in Miyako

On December 9, at the Miyako Undersea Park Observation Facility on Miyako-jima, the audience enjoyed classical music as they watched fish swimming by.


December 15, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 9, at the Miyako Undersea Park Observation Facility, in Miyako-jima, the Japanese String Teachers Association (JASTA) held what was called “The Concert in the Sea.” This was a pre-event for the JASTA String Festival 2013, which will be held next March on Miyako-jima. Visitors enjoyed the classical music as they watched the fish swimming outside the windows.

Makoto Amano, the owner of a violin school and manager of JASTA Okinawa, played the viola and his wife played the violin. They performed Beethoven’s Minuet, Massenet’s Méditation, Miyako-jima’s folk song Tougani ayagu, Okinawan folk song Tinsa gunu no hana and other songs. The audience enjoyed the performance not only with their ears but also with their eyes, watching the fish lured closer by the music.

The JASTA String Festival 2013 will be held in Okinawa for the first time. Makoto Amano said, “The vitality of the children on Miyako-jima is impressive and they made good progress with only a little practice. We want people to see the children perform.” He also said, “We would like the festival to create a link with tourism to build momentum for inviting international music festivals to Miyako-jima.”

(English translation by T&CT, Hitomi Shinzato and Mark Ealey)

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