Sonata on “Tsunami Violin” Dedicated to Disaster Victims (News)


Rikuzentakata, Iwate Pref., March 9 (Jiji Press)—A sonata played on a violin made of wood swept away by the March 2011 tsunami was dedicated to the disaster victims on Thursday in front of a pine tree on Japan's northeastern Pacific coast that miraculously survived the massive waves.

Kudō Takashi plays the “tsunami violin” in front of a lone pine tree on Japan’s northeastern coast on March 9, 2017. The tree miraculously survived the massive wave produced by the Great East Japan Earthquake and has come to symbolize the resilience of the region. (©Jiji)

In Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, the Bach sonata played by Kudō Takashi, a 26-year-old violinist from the prefectural capital of Morioka, consoled people affected by the disaster six years ago.

The "tsunami violin" was manufactured by Nakazawa Muneyuki, a specialist in Tokyo, in hopes of communicating memories of the tsunami, which was unleashed by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake on March 11, 2011.

Nakazawa, now 76, used driftwood thought to be from disaster-damaged houses to make the violin. Part of the "miracle lone pine tree" was used for the sound post that connects the top and back plates of the instrument.

Thursday's performance was part of a project in which 1,000 violinists from Japan and abroad will play the violin in turn. The project started at a memorial ceremony in Rikuzentakata five years ago and Kudō was the 500th such violinist to give a performance.

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