By Sara Watanabe and Nobuyuki Yoshioka - Project Coordinator and Translator
When Itsuki started to take flute lessons from Mr. Okazaki at wind instrument class provided by Soma Children’s Orchestra, her 3rd-grader-hands were not mature yet to play the full-sized instrument. Sakurai Flute, a famous Japanese customized flute maker was kind enough to lend a flute specially manufactured for small children upon request from Mr. Okazaki.
After playing the small-sized flute for nearly two years, Itsuki turned into 5thgrader this spring and decided to return the instrument to Sakurai Flute with a message for the maker. The polite words in the hand-written letter conveyed her gratefulness for the time she played the only flute in the world, affection for the instrument itself and passion for music.
“Dear Sakurai Flute,
I’m stepping forward and returning the kids flute.
It’s been almost two years since I started to play with it. Seeing my hands becoming larger, my flute teacher recommended me to use the full-sized one, so I am switching to a new flute.
I have both happy and sad feelings about using a different flute. Now I am getting used to the full-sized one. I want to appreciate your kindness to let me use the only flute in the world. Thank you very much.
Eagerness and seriousness for music drives Itsuki. Once Itsuki secretly got up and started to practice the flute at five o’clock in the morning on the day of the flute lesson, which of course woke up everyone in the house. With her new full-sized flute that has already become a good partner, Itsuki continues pursuing music.
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