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One day, Kent Nagano was listening carefully as his wife was singing a children's song to their daughter. The song told a chapter of Japanese history previously unknown to him: It told of emotion, tenderness, love – and bitterness. The song originated from a period when Japan had to open up to the West. At this time, Japan was suffering from overpopulation, starvation and poverty. In Japan, the songs that enchanted Nagano are commonly known as SHOKA, or school hymns. They are based on famous Japanese poetry, but are composed in the Western musical style. The songs' haunting, mysterious beauty have continued to entice all generations since their creation making them actual and vividly relevant to our modern world.
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