“Something about leaving your surroundings/
Going to a place where duplicates are never found in/”
Dear Virtual Diary
On October 29th, 2016 I had the opportunity to meet and break bread with マイハート (My Heart). They are a Japanese string quartet made up of 3 violinists and a cellist. I actually got to see them perform twice and they were brilliant.
The fondest memory I have of them is my first encounter with them. The first time meeting them they were wearing full tuxedo ensembles with the tails and all. When they changed into their regular wear they looked like the most regular men you’d ever seen.
I know this may not be especially shocking on the surface, but in a country where status and respect for that status being integral to the entire country’s operation it was very nice to see them not have the higher class, nose in the air, stereotypical attitude. The leader of the quartet is in the Hiroshima Orchestra and from talking to him he seemed more like a regular average joe.
My Japanese language is so-so, but I don’t recall any high browed remarks either.
More so, the men all had a warm glow about them, even before I heard them play. I thoroughly enjoyed our encounter and will sincerely remember that night for quite some time.
We all had dinner together and watched the Hiroshima Carps lose 4-10 to Hokkaido, in the Nippon Series.
I will link some of their work at the bottom of this post.