Sunday, October 28, 2012

Blast from the Past: The Melody of Hamamatsu

I know. It's been a while. So much of a while, in fact that now this post is about what I did *last* October.

2 of my friends were placed in Hamamatsu (浜松) in Shizuoka prefecture. Most know the prefecture for some random volcano, mountain thing called Fuji, but for any classical music buff Hamamatsu happens to be known for music: Yamaha is stamped everywhere (its headquarters is based there) and there are music motifs  *everywhere*, including a statue to one of the great composers (a personal fav or mine), Frederic Chopin.

Even their manhole covers! *Manhole covers!* 

Such an emo

As much as I love being an Okayama JET, I have to say the music lover in me was so jealous that my friends were placed here! I remember there would be music everywhere we went whether its from some hopeful band jamming outside, or even the little classic jingles they play on the bus. I was also surprised there was a  pretty big Brazilian community. 

To kill some time we also went to the Museum of Musical Instruments where, well, they showcase musical instruments from around the world.

My friends loved being placed there. I'm glad I had a chance to see why.

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