Tsunami-wrecked "miracle piano" turned into eponymous song by pop duo Kiroro member

Ayano Kinjo sings "Miracle Piano" with emotion while playing the grand piano that was wrecked by the 2011 tsunami when it was housed by Toyoma Junior High School.

A member of female pop duo Kiroro unveiled a song about a grand piano resurrected after being damaged by the 2011 earthquake-tsunami disaster when she visited the Fukushima Prefecture city of Iwaki on March 1. Ayano Kinjo, a 43-year-old keyboard player of Kiroro, performed the song titled "Miracle Piano" while playing the instrument. Streaming and downloading services for the tune began on March 10. The piano, engulfed in the tsunami when it was housed by the city's Toyoma Junior High School, has been restored and become known as a "miracle piano." In January last year, Kinjo played it at a concert in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture. The experience prompted her to write the song, hoping to convey a message of "the preciousness of being alive." Kinjo performed the slow to mid-tempo tune with a pure voice. "Sadness, sleeping deep in my mind, exudes every time I play the piano. Tears, held back so far, flow down quietly, as I think of you now," go the lyrics, depicting how she felt when she played the miracle piano. The final part of the song expresses an emotion about a lost loved one: "The dream, hope and future you had in mind...Look! They are connected and bonded with one another. Let them echo forever." Kinjo penned the lyrics, and composed and arranged the song, which lasts about 5 minutes, 30 seconds. Initially, Kinjo intended to write the second verse of the lyrics after visiting Iwaki, but abandoned the plan due to the spread of the new coronavirus. She completed the relevant verse after learning of the current situation in Fukushima through an acquaintance. In her March 1 performance at the Iwaki 3.11 Memorial and Revitalisation Museum, where the miracle piano is on display, she played the piano and sang the new song with her eyes closed. She shed tears as she could not fight back her welling emotions. Kinjo later said she was moved because the piano was so tough that it was able to be reborn. "It looks like the piano is living," she said. "I really felt it is wonderful to be alive." Piano tuner Hiroshi Endo, 62, who revived the wrecked instrument, was at the venue when Kinjo performed. "I felt as if (her performance) was cheering me up," Endo said. "I refreshed myself, feeling 'I'll try to keep my spirits up.'" (Translated by Kyodo News)

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