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A piano recital

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Japanese modern musicians

The Japanese music scene is a vibrant one with many young up-and-coming musicians and respected veterans in many fields and genres.

Live music in Japan is also very popular. There are many livehouses, small venues, concert halls and large stadiums in which musicians of many different levels of skill and fame can connect with their fan bases in acoustically unique spaces.

In this Intermediate Japanese level reading exercise, Kinoi sensei introduces her own personal experience of listening to live music. You can read the blog in Japanese with or without Kanji explanations. And listen to the spoken Japanese in the video.

A piano recital







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A piano recital

The other day I went to a recital by Shinya Kiyozuka. It was my first time to listen to a live pianist's performance, and I went there thinking that he must be good but found a feeling beyond this.

Shinya Kiyozuka's performance was something so wonderful that it resonated with the heartstrings of the audience. He was playing the piano with his fingers, but actually I felt that he was playing with his whole body and with his heart too. He played well technically of course, but his power of expression was really extraordinary. It was really a beautiful sound – sensitive and kind with a warm glow. There were moments of gentle sounds that could bring you to tears, and moments where the strong intensity made your heart pound. I felt something being transmitted right up to the point that the sound completely faded. I was just listening to a piano, but felt like I was appreciating a work of art.

It feels good to thoroughly appreciate music in this way every once in a while, right? And not digital sound, but listening to live sounds vibrating towards you inside a venue is something special. The musical tones seep into your heart like osmosis. It is rather like being given a blessing during our daily day to day, with our errands to run, or rather it calms the heart. If I get another chance, I would like to go.

生(なま)  live (not recorded)

技術的(ぎじゅつてき) technical

並(なみ)外(はず)れている extraordinary

繊細(せんさい) sensitive; delicate

鑑賞(かんしょう) appreciation

浸透(しんとう) osmosis



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