Jan 26, 2019, 7:46 PM
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Japanese concert marks 90th anniversary of Japan-Iran ties

Tehran, Jan 26, IRNA - A traditional Japanese drum and flute concert was held in the Iranian capital of Tehran to mark the 90th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Iran.

Diplomatic relations between Japan and Iran were formally established in August 1929. Throughout history, the two countries have always maintained a friendly and strongly strategic partnership.

The concert was staged by a three-member band titled ‘SAI’. Shunichi Okamoto, Yotaro Matsutani and Yuto Yoshid were the members of the group who put in a lively, energetic and sensational performance.

Speaking to Iran Daily after the concert, Okamoto said, “We traveled to Tehran to celebrate the 90th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Iran by staging this concert.”

He said the band was invited to Iran by the Japanese Embassy in Tehran. Okamoto noted that the holding of the concert was also aimed at presenting the new Japanese culture to the Iranian people.

Commenting on his music group, he said, “We are a very popular band in Japan. We have appeared and performed pieces in a number of major commercials in Japan, such as that of Google.”

Okamoto listed the instruments the band uses to perform its pieces as Japanese drum – also known as Wadaiko – flute – made from bamboo – and cymbal.

During the concert the band performed two old Iranian pieces, which exhilarated the audience: “It took us about one month to practice performing those two pieces. The pieces were proposed by the staff of the Japanese Embassy in Iran,” Okamoto said.

Source: Iran Daily


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