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Hakase, the Famous Japanese Violinist, Performed on Mt. Fuji Summit

Friday, August 23, 2013

By Angela Kubo

Tokyo- (PanOrient News) Battling temperatures that reached as high as 27 degrees Celsius at the beginning of his journey and as low as 10 degrees toward the end, to promote his new album, Taro Hakase became the first pro violinist to do a live performance on the summit of Mr. Fuji.

As the sun began to rise, Hakase performed "Bansanka", which translates to "Ten thousand anthem", a song dedicated to his son on the day of his birth. The performance was broadcasted live on radio.

"I was worried about whether I could make it up to the summit on my first climb up Mt. Fuji. It was tough, to be honest. But many people lent me their strength, and I was able to do a live performance on the summit. It was a great experience. I think I might be the only one who has ever performed on such a high place. I'm happy that I've had this opportunity," said Hakase shortly after his performance.

Hakase's latest album, JAPONISM, was released that day. Next month, he is expected to embark on a world tour.

Mt. Fuji, considered an important cultural symbol in Japan, was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on June 6 this year.

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