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Tohoku students to play ‘drums for rebuilding’ in Germany
日本東北學生在德國演奏「復興鼓」

The photo shows the aftermath of the tsunami destruction at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, in Fukushima prefecture, Japan on March 11, 2011.
這張二○一一年三月十一日攝於日本福島縣的照片,是福島第一核電廠受海嘯侵襲後的殘局。

Photo: EPA
照片:歐新社

After their percussion instruments were destroyed in last year’s tsunami, students at Ogatsu Junior High School replaced them using old tires.

Now, the 31 students are preparing to perform traditional wadaiko shows in Germany with their hand-made drums that they call fukko wadaiko (circle drums for rebuilding).

Through the performances that start on March 16, the students want to send a message, “We lost our property, but we are hanging in there.”

Mitsuaki Sato, a wadaiko composer from the same prefecture, told the students in February not to be discouraged by their lost instruments.

“Use that anger in your performances,” Sato, 44, told them. “Don’t be shy.”

The fukko wadaiko drums consist of tires wrapped in clear vinyl tape. When the tape weakens, the drums are simply rewrapped.

(Liberty Times)

當他們的打擊樂器毀於去年的海嘯,(宮城縣石卷市)雄勝中學的學生以舊輪胎取而代之。

如今,三十一名學生正準備以被他們稱為「復興輪太鼓」的自製大鼓,在德國表演傳統「和太鼓」。

透過這場在三月十六日展開的表演,這些學生們想要傳達以下訊息:「我們雖然失去財物,但我們仍堅持不懈。」

來自同縣的和太鼓作曲家佐藤三昭今年二月告訴這些學生,不要因為樂器沒了而洩氣喪志。

「在表演中運用你們的憤怒,」四十四歲的佐藤告訴學生們。「別害羞。」

復興輪太鼓是由被透明膠帶包裹的輪胎所構成。當膠帶鬆掉,這些鼓就得重新包過。

(自由時報/翻譯:張沛元)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. hang in there v. phr.

堅持不懈;撐下去 (jian1 chi2 bu2 xie4; cheng1 xia4 qu4)

例: My shop isn’t making a lot of money, but I’m hanging in there.

(我的店沒有賺很多錢,但我還是繼續撐下去。)

2. discourage v.

使洩氣;打消念頭 (shi3 xie4 qi4; da3 xiao1 nian4 tou2)

例: I hope I can discourage her from leaving.

(我希望我能讓她打消離意。)

3. consist of adj. phr.

由…構成 (you2 … gou4 cheng2)

例: The U.S. Senate consists of two elected officials from each state.

(美國參議院是由每一州所選出的兩名參議員所組成。)


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