Haruyo Kimura says, “The city is becoming my second home slowly but steadily,” she says, “I found love here,” she says before tucking a strand of her shoulder length hair behind her ear, “I found acceptance and I found appreciation for music, even if it is something as different as a traditional Japanese violin.”
Kimura once lost everything to a dreadful earthquake. From nothing she rose to heights with the help of music. Haruyo plays the Niko, a two stringed bowed instrument it sounds much like a soft female voice.
When she was 16 she had a band and she was so much attracted to the world of pop and Jazz. The Great Hanshin Earthquake struck in 1995 destroyed everything even where she went to learn music.
When she was 19 her mother’s friends got her a Niko and fromtehre a new journey began she learnt the music from various masters from east Asia.
“A natural disaster of that magnitude left us helpless, we could only pray, but this, I was determined to learn.” She says
“It describes the sound that sakura flowers or cheery blossoms make when they fall on the ground. It is a very mellow but happy tune. I am also playing an original that is a prayer for all the people that lost their lives in that earthquake when I was a young girl. People who were left behind fought to rise up and taught us to be grateful for life.” Kimura shares about her fourth performance to be held in the country.