“Hina Matsuri Joshi-kai Concert” by Yoko Fujimoto
Hina Matsuri Joshi-kai (Doll’s Festival Ladies Get-Together) Concert
This spacious, beautiful cafe was the perfect place for my concert. I think it was a comfortable, peaceful and refreshing time for all of us there. Thank you very much to all of you who came along and everyone who helped prepare for the concert.
The day before this dog cafe concert, the organizer Noriko had me over to stay at her home. We made lyric sheets together, admired her dolls on display, and celebrated the concert in advance by sampling the sweet sake that would be provided at the concert venue.
I wore a new pink costume with flowers on it especially for the Doll’s Festival, to feel like a young girl again.
I sang songs filled with flowers, from good old songs to little pieces by Beethoven.
I played the koto (harp) to accompany three of the songs. One of them was about my beloved dog, Kintoki, may he rest in peace.
The audience sang along with me, following the lyric sheets we had prepared. Their kind, warm sound echoed throughout the venue.
This time, I chose to perform pieces that I just learned or had just revisited anew, so I battled against my age and memory skills to prepare for the concert. But through this experience, I fell in love with popular songs like “Sekai ni Hitotsu Dake no Hana” and “Hana wa Saku” and I would like to keep singing them from now on, too.
Little Tora came the concert and listened my songs quietly. What a cutie! Thanks for coming. See you again!
This is Hideko, the owner of Deco’s Dog Cafe. She is looking forward to our next special event together. I am happy to hear that!
Next time, I’ll have a concert that boys can come along and enjoy, too.