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Dinner Recital: " Songs Bring You Around the World"(Part I)

On November 29, Haruo and his friends held a major dinner recital entitled, " Songs bring you around the world." This is a recital given by myself and some of my friends who love singing songs with an idea that songs of different countries and nations of their own languages will tell us and make us feel different cultures, histories, thoughts and even ways of life of people. And when we sing songs of different countries around the world all at once, perhaps we may enjoy a virtual trip around the world enjoying to meet the peoples of different countries.

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I was initially inspired by this idea when I saw an entertainer in a night club of Istanbul. A few years ago, my wife an I took on a cruising tour around the mediterranean sea by a large cruising ship "MS Zaiderdum" of some 90 thousands tons of Holland American line. In one of the nights, we visited the club where belly dances are exhibited. In intermissions between the shows, an old entertainer took care of hundreds of tourists coming from many different countries of the world by singing songs for each of them of their countries of their own languages. Quite naturally, the tourists who were welcomed by songs of their own countries were extremely happy and excited by the warm reception of the entertainer. I was keenly impressed by the talent, skill, care and hospitality of this entertainer, and then was motivated and asked myself," if he can do this, why not me?"


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Getting back home, I told this idea to some of my good friends who love singing songs. I knew that a group of my class mates since my high school and college days has been enjoying singing songs getting together frequently at the home of Mr. and Mrs.Honda. Mr.Chikahiko Honda has been a successful CPA married with Ms.Chikako Honda, who graduated music college and sometime wished to become a professional singer of classic musics. They were joined by Mr.Shigeo Uchida, a journalist and an economist, and Mr.Sadataka Nagumo , a successful businessman in real estate business. They are helped by a charming and highly talented pianist, Ms.Mika Nagatomo. They agreed to prepare this ambitious project with me. I also asked my good friends, Mr.Issei Hideshima, who used to work for Japan Air Lines as a corporate manager of CAs and loves singing popular American songs, and Ms.Emiko Magoshi, who is a well known professor of multicultural communications and loves singing American jazzes. They all agreed to join me to prepare the recital devoting their best to the project.

--To be continued--


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