Day 2 – To Pokhara! / 活動日2日目-ポカラへ!

-From Michael

Our second full day in Nepal started very early as we had to take an early morning flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, the second largest city in Nepal. Despite the short duration of the flight (25 minutes) we enjoyed a spectacular view of the Himalayas. It’s hard to comprehend how colossal these mountains are as their snowy peaks tower way above the clouds.

After arriving in Pokhara we enjoyed a short walk by the lake followed by local delicacies including banana lassi (a yogurt based drink) and momo (Tibetan dumplings).
Although we only had one performance today, it was a very special one. We drove to a mountain village to visit the local elementary school. The kids were all excited for our visit as they’ve never heard classical music before or seen any of our instruments! As we started to play Mozart for them, they were so bewildered by what they heard that many of them started to laugh. Despite the wonderfully unexpected response their eyes were fixed on us the whole time and it was evident that they were both fascinated and moved by the music. The highlight was of course our customary “petting zoo” – when we encourage the kids to try and play our instruments. Even though initially they were shy, soon enough the whole classroom wanted to take their turn! It is always a meaningful experience to meet a certain audience for the first time, but knowing I was able to share classical music with these kids for the first time in their lives is something I will never forget!
We capped off the day by climbing to the top of the World Peace Pagoda, a holy monument built by Japanese Buddhist monks on the top of a mountain. From there we had a clear view of the entire valley and lake, as well as the Annapurna mountain range as we watched the sunset.
We will start tomorrow where we left off – watching the sunrise!

ネパールでの2日目は、カトマンズからネパール第二の都市ポカラへの早朝の飛行機に乗らなければならずとても早くスタートしました。25分という短い飛行時間でしたが、ヒマラヤの壮大な景色を楽しむことができました。雪山の頂きは雲の上に塔のように突き出していてこの山々がどれほど高いのかわかりませんでした。

ポカラに到着し湖の近くを少し散歩して、地元の美味しいバナナラッシー(ヨーグルトで作った飲みもの)とモモ(チベットのおだんご)を食べました。今日の訪問コンサートは1回だけでしたがとても素晴らしいものでした。山の集落の地元の小学校を訪れましたが、子どもたちはこれまでクラシック音楽を聴いたことも楽器を見たこともなく、僕たちの訪問をとても喜んでいました。最初にモーツァルトを演奏し始めると、子ども達はとても戸惑ったようで、多くの子どもたちが笑い出しました。予想しなかった素晴らしい反応でしたが、子どもたちは僕たちを凝視し音楽に魅了され、感動した様子がはっきりとわかりました。最高だったのは、いつもの楽器体験の時でした。子どもたちに、僕たちの楽器に触れて弾いてもらうのです。最初は恥ずかしがっていましたが、すぐにクラス中が弾いてみたがりました!聴衆と出会う経験はいつも意味のあることですが、人生で初めてのクラシック音楽を子どもたちに届けることができたという体験を、僕は決して忘れないでしょう!

今日の締めくくりは、山の上に日本の僧が建てた神聖な場所、ワールド・ピース・パゴダへ登りました。そこからは広がる谷と湖、アンナプルナ峰の全容がくっきりと見え、日没を眺めました。

日の出とともに、僕たちの明日が始まります!

マイケル・カッツ

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