Naruto


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Naruto is the memorial place
where "Daiku" was performed for the first time in Japan.

"Daiku", it literally means "the Ninth",
as Japanese call Beethoven's Ninth Symphony,
is very popular among Japanese.

German prisoners of the World War I, who were detained in a war prisoner's camp
in Naruto , performed the symphony for the first time in Japan.

They played their handmade instruments.

Daiku

"The Ninth Symphony" concert is held in Naruto once a year, on the first Sunday of June ,
in commemoration of the first performance of Japan.

Chorus

The choir members come to gather from all over the country
in order to sing the Schiller's uplifting message -

"All mankind shall be as brothers".

I look forward to visiting Naruto to join the chorus every year.



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German House

German House

German House is a museum where the items related to the detention camp
and the first performances of the 9th Symphony are exhibited.



Statue of Beethoven

Statue of Beethoven


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Exhibits



Banquet
Bowling Bowls
a Banquet
Bowling Bowls


Violin

Handmade Violin




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