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Dance, sing and feel the culture - Japanese music duo A.YA

Ayako Fujii (L) and Ayako Tsunazawa (R) of A.YA

Ayako Fujii and Ayako Tsunazawa of A.YA visit schools around Victoria and beyond to introduce the beauty of Japanese music.

For many Japanese, the sound of wadaiko (Japanese drums) and other traditional instruments bring back good old memories. Local festivals in Japan, called matsuri, usually has wadaiko in the centre stage. People gather around as the sound of wadaiko starts and enjoy the evening dancing, eating and drinking with family, friends and neighbours. 

Ayako Tsunazawa and Ayako Fujii are talented musicians of Japanese instruments. They frequently appear and perform at Japanese festivals in Melbourne throughout the year to impress the locals and Japanese community. 

About 10 years ago, they formed a duo called A.YA. They regularly visit local kindergartens, primary schools and secondary schools and introduce the world of Japanese music. For instance, they created a programme to sing and dance to their original song in Japanese hiragana. Through simple rhythm of wadaiko, children are able to learn using their entire body. Their programme captures children's hearts. Their faces lightened up as they experience something new and so unique. 

At an interview at SBS Melbourne, A.YA performed Tatoebayashi by Yasukazu Kano and shared their experience of A.YA. 

Please see further info on facebook page, Shinobue Concert and Toribue Workshop 25th September 2019. 

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