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Yoshihiro Harada
Yoshihiro Harada

Japan - On why has the pan risen with such great popularity in Japan, Yoshihiro Harada says:

"The first reason is the charming sound of the instrument. It is a very fresh sound in Japan. The second reason is that we can practice and play with many people. Professionals and beginners can play together. I think these are common reasons. Also - and this is interesting - sometimes with elderly Japanese people the soft sound of a pan can evoke memories and draw them to tears. I can understand that feeling....” That was very degrading and something that lived with me for a long time. ------- Yoshihiro Harada