Hand Bell Family Concert

On November 27, 2011, I attended the “Hand Bell Family Concert” hosted at Hakuoh University, the nearby college in Oyama.

A few weeks ago, the mother of two of my students (Haruna and Natsumi) handed me a flyer for this concert.  She and the girls would be performing with hand bells and singing.  I was delighted to attend!  It was a really beautiful concert.

The girls were so sweet.  After the concert, I got a huge hug from both of them and their grandmother, who sometimes brings them to class on Saturdays, thanked me for coming to see everyone.

They played “Do Re Mi”, “It’s a Small World”, the theme from My Neighbor Totoro, a Lion King medley, the Pirates of the Caribbean theme, tango music, Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro”, Pachelbel’s “Canon”, and “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson, among others.

Enjoy the show! Click YouTube to view them in HD.  I apologize for any shaking.  There was a child behind me kicking my seat.  Akemi, my students’ mom, is on the far left for most of the videos.

There was also a cute game during the intermission where they played a small bit of a song and the kids tried to guess.  If you won, they make a circle (the Japanese symbol for correct) and you win a gift card.  As you’ll notice in the video where the child is wrong, they don’t outrightly say it.  It’s more of a hesitation.  “Eh…. try again!”

They’re also hosting a Christmas concert on December 23, but I have yet to decide if I will go to that.


About Michelle

I lived in Japan for a year & a half teaching English. Now I'm blogging about learning to cook in NYC.
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