［海外リポート］みんなの声 What’s up?
Hello my name is Y. I started studying English after I finished bringing up my sons. I read your essay and I have some questions I would like to ask you.
Q.1) Why did you choose Prague among many cities? There are many countries where young people study music, such as Russia, Poland, France, Germany, Austria and so on. Ms Kishida once said to me that she had a professor whom she wanted to study under in Prague. Did you also choose Prague for the same reason?
Q.2) I’ve heard before that every pianist has a favourite composer in whose piece he or she are especially good at. Do you have a special composer too?
Q.3) For me, as Asian, Europe is very far away and it’s a dream place. It is not easy to go, but I would love to visit the Mediterranean someday. Asia is also a wonderful place for me. What kind of image do you have for Asia? What is your impression about Japan?
Hello Ourania, thank you for your reply. It was like I received a letter from a foreign friend, and I was very happy and excited. Thank you for your very polite responses to my questions.
I envy you very much because you spend your life learning and loving music. Like many people, I haven’t got anything that I want to learn in my lifetime. I think it’s very regrettable. When I was young, I spent every day without thinking something deeply. Now I’m over 50 years old. I wish I could go back to my youth. And I want to find something which I can be enthusiastic about. The only thing I can say is that I may have been absorbed in parenting. But parenting will end someday. After that I have no choice but to live in my memories.
I found out that there is a beautiful botanical garden in Prague. I imagined the beautiful garden while reading your letter. I’d like to go there someday. There are gardens called “the Three Great Gardens of Japan”. But unfortunately these famous gardens are not near my living area. But if you visit my city there is a view I definitely want to show you. In Japan, cherry blossoms bloom very beautifully in April. There is a river called “Ashiya River” in our town. When the cherry blossoms along this river bloom in full, it’s a very beautiful view. We can see the green at the foot of Mt. Rokko upstream of the river. The cherry blossoms along the river are pale and gentle pink color. There is a blue sky and there are white clouds. The view is so beautiful and it makes me happy. Everyone who gathers in that place looks happy. And I am grateful to be able to see the scenery every year.
thank you for your letter and it was so good to read about the gardens in your area and yes it tricked my imagination and my hope that I will visit Japan one day and see all these beautiful places. I will just try to keep hopeful and to look forward to the near future that atlast I will board a plane and fly all the way to Japan. It shouldn’t be so difficult to make it happen especially now that I have so many new friends there, you and all the other students and also will get the chance to see Kyoko again after so many years. Lets see how things will go with the covid19 and let’s hope for better days ahead.
I have googled the Ashiya river and Mt Rokko to see some pictures and what I saw is really beautiful. Thank you for telling me about them. You are lucky that you have this beauty around you.
Best wishes, Ourania