Congratulations to Grade 11 students Yuichiro and Minami for representing ISAK at a regional singing contest in February! The theme of the competition, which was open to university and high school students from schools in Nagano, was “expressing gratitude”. The singing duo advanced from a preliminary audition to a performance on live TV which was judged by well-known Japanese comedians.
Yuichiro and Minami were inspired to apply for the contest because they wanted to express their gratitude for the opportunity to study at ISAK. While both students felt performing on live TV was nerve-wracking, they performed very well and the audience and TV staff appreciated their pure tones and beautiful harmonies. It was a rewarding experience, even though the first prize went to an A cappella group from Shinshu University.
The contest was a part of a five hour special live program celebrating the 40th anniversary of TV Shinshu. It was broadcast on Saturday Feb 13.
Watch this video to see Yuichiro and Minami practicing their song outdoors on our snowy sports field, surrounded by beautiful winter scenery and a view of Mt. Asama.