Ishinomaki

On the 13th of april 2013, we were invited to play a concert in Ishinomaki, in Tohoku.
This is an English translation of The photo diary.

The name of the hall is the Yugakukan.

The place was rather far from my parents' house in Tokyo.
When we arrived after getting five different trains, I said to myself:
-Well done Momoyo you made it...
My husband was impressed:
-Well done Japan, all the trains were on time...

Mr.I was there when we got off the last train at the station.
I was told early on the day that he was absent from the hall because he was ill.
So my first word to him was,

"Are you alright?"

But he said he was looking forward to and could not stop coming to pick us up.
It was touching!


The organ was placed in the middle of the big open space between different halls and rooms.
There were glasses everywhere and the main office was just next to the organ.
As I heard that the meeting room was behind the office, I felt curious and asked:
-Is there no problem when someone's practicing the organ? Don't you hear too clearly the organ to
continue the meeting?
-Ah! No problem, because we don't have meetings when there are organ practices.
Priority to the organ rehearsals.

I could not believe his words.

Around 3 p.m. we heard some cheery voices of children coming to the library or the swimming pool
also situated in the culture complex of Yugakukan.
Here, hearing the organ seems to be a part of their usual life.

After the rehearsal, when we went out from the hall was the view of the two hundred prefabricated
houses still fully lived since the tsumani of the 11 march two years ago.

In fact the Yugakukan was then used as an urgent hospital and all Japan saw the place on TV.
It was the first lunch time concert since that desaster that we have an honor of playing the following
day. Though Mr.I told us the work in the hall has been taken up as usual nowadays, we know that
there is no budget for the culture or almost, still this year. My meeting last year with the brave organist
Kaori Goto was the reason of our invitation today and we wish her best of luck for the future activities
of the hall.

Mr.I drove us to a train station and we went back to Sendai, where we took a pause in the station
building looking down the sunset.


Then a school friend of mine came by car to take us to her home.
We had not seen for ages, as she got married and moved to Sendai from our school town in Tokyo.
She is now a piano professor, like her mother was.
Even if we had met in an athletic club at school, she was one of the classic music 'mentor' to me and
she told me to listen to Prokofiev, thirty years ago! I still love listening to the recommended third
piano concerto.

She and her husband, together with their two children prepared us a wonderful dinner with speciality of
Tohoku. We of course spoke about the tsunami but could not stop talking about music.


The day of the concert was fun like an excursion.
With their two cars they brought us to Ishinomaki, which meant no more fuss about train time table!


My worry was about some CDs and presents we brought to give away after the concert.
There will be not enough presents for everybody, how to distribute them...?

Mr.I simply proposed to do the "Stone, Paper & Scissors".
I was a little bit taken aback.
But they are not going to do like children?

Sure enough, after the concert, people were completely taken by the game, and they just fought
over presents through "stone, paper and scissors".
All presents were won!
It was such a fun.

After saying goodbye to the kind Mr.I, my husband had a big wish to visit
the atelier Katsuura Organ
of the builder of the hall, Katsunuma-san.
He and his wife kindly accepted the visit of six of us.

He showed us specially his restoration of the street organs.
The son of my friend tried to turn the handle and found not easy to keep the right rhythm!

Then my friend's family took us to the beautiful seaside of Matsushima.
It impressed me to know that people live so near from the sea.
It just inevitably made us all think about the 11 March.


For lunch we had one of those wonderful preparations with the seasonal ingredients of the place.

I wish to come back to Tohoku in the near future and to see again my friends.
It made our wedding anniversary unforgettable, as it happened to be!


And the pair of very pretty sake glasses offered by Mr.I were brought with care to our home in
Brussels.


ブログランキング・にほんブログ村へ
にほんブログ村

にほんブログ村 クラシックブログ 鍵盤楽器へ
にほんブログ村

追記。

習慣付け…
21日目クリア〜!!
9月20日に一日目、まるまる2ヶ月かかって21日間の習慣付け、
「早く起きて、まず次の日のブログを書く(書き終えられなくてもめどをつける)」
が終わりました。

良かったこと…
早起きが習慣になった。
そのお陰で時差ぼけなども早めに直せた。
ブログを週5回書けた。
どちらかというと前向きに暮らせた(朝3時半に目が覚めてしまっても、めげなかった)。

良くなかったこと…
ブログは予定通り、週日は毎日書けたが、リンクしていくべきメロフォンのサイトはまだまだなこと。
週3回のオルガンの朝練が8時半からなので、少しでも早起きし損ねると、ブログ書きと朝練ではぎりぎり時間が足りなくてあたふたすること。ブログに凝りすぎて、写真を貼ったりリンクしたり、午後になってまた書き直して、3時間以上かかった日もあること。


ふりかえって。
いろいろまんべんなく、書いてみたかったことをみんな書いてみた。

で、「音楽=練習」と「そのほかのこと」を天秤にかけて、どちらが大事なのか、どのように日常生活と共存させるのか、と問いかける人生を変える事はできないのだということがはっきりわかった。

音楽が義務的な仕事である、と片付けると、私のやりたいスタイルの演奏は出来なくなる。
自分が幸福であるという(たとえそれが擬似的な幸福であったとしても)実感があってはじめて、演奏するときにすべてを投げ出せる。全て投げ出して弾くとき、自分の実力以上を出せる。クールに「やることはやって」「お楽しみは別にとっておく」という分け方が、私の人生にはありえない。

義務と言う疲弊に押しつぶされて「弾きたくない」という気持ちになったら、本当に弾けない。

だから、音楽以外の誘惑に深入りしてはいけない、ということも(わかってはいたけれど)深〜くわかった。
ほんとうの幸福は、自分でわかっていることを全うすることなのかな。

でも、書くことや読むことが好きだ。ブログを毎日書いたので、お客様にもより詳しくメッセージを届けたい、という気持ちを満足させて当日を迎え、演奏会の日に、より嬉しい気持ちで臨めた。一方的な気持ちなのですが、とても大事だった気がします。


と、いうわけで明日からの新しい習慣付けは…

じゃーん!

月ー金のブログ書きは前日の17時から18時まで(金曜には月曜の記事を)タイマーで計りながら書く

スマホのタイマー、音が可愛いので、これを使おうっと
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