国際交流センター|文京学院大学

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和楽器演奏会/Traditional Japanese musical instruments concert

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09月

23日

2020


例年8月上旬は交換留学生のプログラムが終了し、帰国する留学生たちを見送るシーズンです。今年も新型コロナの影響を大きく受けながらも、一年間の勉強を終えた学生が続々と帰国していきました。そんな中、ウズベキスタンの学生二名だけは本国が国際線の乗り入れを禁止したため、帰国の目途が立たない状況でした。そこで、いつ帰国が出来るか不安に思う学生の励ましになればと、9月14日(月)に和楽器の演奏会を開くことになりました。二人とも楽しみにしてくれていましたが、演奏会の直前にチャーターフライトの運航が決まったとの連絡が入り、当日は晴れやかな気持ちで演奏会を満喫してくれました。※9月25日(金)に無事、ウズベキスタンへ帰国することができました)



演奏会の様子はこの会に同席したアメリカ人チューターのソフィアがご紹介いたします。ぜひご覧ください。

Since the beginning of the spread of the coronavirus, many things have changed on our campus. The previous semester was hosted entirely online and campus was closed to students. We were not able to host many events, such as graduation ceremonies for fourth year and orientation for first year students. We will finish the year of 2020 without hosting any international students because all study abroad programs have been cancelled.

International students who joined our 2019-2020 study abroad programs found the second half of their experience to be much different from the first half. They have not been able to fully enjoy their time in Japan as many things have been closed, and it is recommended that people only go out when it is necessary.

Many of these students have also had a difficult time finding flights back to their home countries due to national emergencies and fear of spreading the virus further. We have continued to house our two remaining students from Uzbekistan who have been unable to return home. With their departure finally approaching, our university wanted to send them off with a Japanese experience we hope was memorable.

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BGU was very lucky to host a trio of musicians to play a private concert for a small group of the BGU community. These professionals played their shakuhachi, koto and shamisen in an event that is considered a rare experience even among Japanese people. Masks were required, face shields were provided and social distance measures were enforced.

The shakuhachi and koto are traditional Japanese instruments that were both introduced to Japan by China in the 7th century.
The shakuhachi is a flute traditionally made from bamboo and is most notable for its use as a spiritual tool by the Zen Buddhist monks during medieval times. They considered the playing of the instrument to be mediation just as much as it was music.

The koto is a stringed instrument and is the national instrument of Japan. It has been known to be popular among the wealthy and was also considered to be a romantic instrument.The first known version had five strings and over time has grown and settled on the 13 strings it has today.Our private concert consisted of four songs: three traditionally Japanese and the fourth was a rendition of the modern classic "Imagine" by John Lennon.


2.jpgAfter the concert, the students were able to get closer to the instruments and ask the musicians questions.
The event ended with a more exclusive lunch gathering including the students, performers, BGU president, chairperson and various BGU professors.


3.jpg               We hope we can host many events like this in the future!

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