Grand Piano Accessible to Anyone Set Up at Tokyo Govt Building

Politics Culture

Tokyo, April 3 (Jiji Press)--Why don't you play the grand piano while watching a magnificent view of Tokyo from a height of some 200 meters?

On Wednesday, the Tokyo metropolitan government set up a grand piano, accessible to any visitors, at the renovated South Observation Deck on the 45th floor of its No. 1 main building in Shinjuku Ward.

Renowned Japanese avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama, who is also an "honorary citizen" of Tokyo, decorated the 30-something-year-old piano, donated by a Tokyoite, with yellow and black patterns.

After the observation deck, located 202 meters above the ground, reopens on Monday, visitors will be able to play the grand piano for about five minutes each on a first-come basis.

"I hope that both those who are confident in piano skills and those who are not will deliver melodies from the metropolitan government building to the world," Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said at an event to unveil the piano, held on Wednesday.

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