Tamaya Honda 3DAYS
Ticket on the day:3,000 yen + tax (one drink included)
Tamaya Honda (ds), Shinpei Ruike (tp), May Inoue (g), Takashi Sugawa (b)
*We will start accepting reservations at the reception counter of Shinjuku Pit Inn, or by phone (03-3354-2024), or via the ticket reservation form of each performance from 11 AM on July 1, Wednesday. (Customers who made reservations will be given reference numbers for priority entrance.)
What will be the situation in August as of this writing? Are the musicians back to work as usual? Are the stores open for business as usual? This Covid-19 pandemic may affect all of us for more than a year, and we will have to live with it according to our own ways of thinking and positions. The state of emergency was declared on April 7 and was extended to May, although there were hints that it would be mitigated to some extent depending on the situation. However, I was almost crossing the bounds and was even losing my attachment to playing music. It was honestly how I was. An old restaurant in Chofu has been closed due to the pandemic. The owner of the restaurant said, "I couldn't see the future, and my heart was broken."
I truly understand how he felt. I feel the same way as he does. Disheartened and unmotivated, "for what and for who" are we enduring this situation? I remember that I read a story about the late writer Hisashi Inoue in a newspaper after the Great East Japan Earthquake. It was the culture column of the Yomiuri Shimbun dated April 28, 2011. "People say, "Hold on, Japan. I believe in the power of Japan." But Mr. Inoue may not have empathized with such words. Since wielding a cause was what he hated most." "Mr. Inoue always spoke out what everyone thoughts were right, or what people thought wrong in their hearts but couldn't speak out loud." I can't help but feel the present situation is something like that. What is the purpose of voluntary restraint, and furthermore, the establishment of a new normal of life?
However, people are all different and we all have different strengths and weaknesses, qualities and personalities (I hate the word "sense of values" though). I would like to say this out loud: people don't live in prison camps, they live in a series of happenings. I've been really exhausted while going through this time with the self-restraint depression. We are still living in an unusual situation and there is still a fear of the second wave of coronavirus, but I feel that there is a brighter path back to our normal lives. I myself feel that this 3DAYS event at the Pit Inn is always something special to me, but this year, it will be even more special and I am thrilled to think of it as an important event. I am a musician and all I can do it to prove something with my music rather than words. I would like to thank all the musicians who have agreed to play during this 3DAYS event in spite of the current difficult circumstances. I am grateful for your support and hope to make this 3DAYS my opportunity to convey something important via my music.
- Takaya Honda