Global Cultures • 53m
Someone in Japan is in love with Switzerland, its culture, its folklore and, more specifically: the Swiss alphorn! The Tamagawa Alphorn Club from Nanasawa, Japan, is travelling to Switzerland to attend the International Alphorn Festival in Nendaz at the end of July. Alphorn playing started to be known in Japan in the 80ies and is becoming more and more popular in the last decade among retired people, but not only. Shigetoshi Nakagawa, founder of the group and a forest expert, is one of the first people who started to play the instrument; he has instructed to build and play the Alphorn in numerous regions, among children and elderly people. Thousands of Alphorn Clubs have been born lately and more and more Japanese are being interested in Swiss folklore culture and Switzerland in general.
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