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Frequently asked questions

We will answer varying questions from the features of the World of Musical Instruments Collection to how to buy it.

Questions about the content of DVDs

Does the DVD contain only performances?
No, the World of Musical Instruments Collection contains the following besides the performances.

An introductory video to the instrument

An introductory video presents special information about the instrument, for example, the maker, the country where it was made, the historical background, etc. The presentation is made carefully using graphics and materials so that even beginners can enjoy it. After watching the video, you will surely enjoy the following main chapters much better. Besides, it contains close-up photos and detailed decoration of the instrument as well as the performances. That’s the video you can enjoy in many ways.

An interpretative video by the performer

The interpretative video is made of the performer’s comment on the instrument: the charm, historical background, and the playing style. It is made of materials such as excerpts from the talk, the exclusive interview with the performers after the concert, and interviews at the actual place where the instruments are played. Demonstration of the instrument and illustration using models are also given for the sake of easy understanding.
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An introductory booklet to the instrument

A full-colored 16-page booklet (8 pages for Japanese/ 8 pages for English) is attached.
It has an introduction to the instrument with photographs and commentaries. Specialists give introductions to the performers, the music pieces, and to the history and cultural background of the music in which the instrument is playing.
Together with the DVD main videos, the booklet will give you an overview of the world of the instrument and its music.
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Is the English translation given only to part of the content?

All the contents in the DVD main videos are translated into English.
All the captions in the videos, talks, and attached booklets in the DVD main videos have English translation by dubbing into English by native speakers or English subtitles.
However, some of the special videos other than main ones may not have English translation (e.g. volume 4).

You can watch the English version by simply choosing the “English” button from the DVD menu. As for the attached booklet, the Japanese and the English version start from each of the obverse and reverse side.
The DVDs have won good reputation as the product to introduce the Japanese instrumental culture to abroad.


Why aren’t they CDs?

By showing the shapes of the instruments and demonstrations through the video, we want to present music culture from different angles for good understanding.

By spotlighting the musical instruments in the World of Musical Instruments Collection, we want to introduce the music which has been deeply involved in the people’s lives in various areas and various periods in the world. It will be nice if you can picture what kind of lives people had by watching the color, shape, materials of the instrument, the performance, and the commentary with demonstration besides listening to music.
Also, if you are learning to play the instrument, this will be best suited because you can watch the performer’s hands and fingers.
If you prefer CDs, please view the page for CD collection produced by the Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments.(Japanese page)


Questions about the Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments Lecture Concerts

What kind of concert is the Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments Lecture Concert?

It’s a concert you can enjoy both talks and performances held by the Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments.

Unlike regular concerts, the instrument features largely in it. In addition to the beautiful music, you can hear nice talks about the instruments among performances. For example, performers or specialists directly talk to the audience about the mechanism of the instruments and the countries where the instruments were made by using pictures, videos, and demonstrations.
Keeping the concept of the Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments, “to exhibit the world musical instruments from unbiased and equal perspective,” this series will focus on the instruments from various areas and various periods without regard to the genres.
To see more details, please view the official website for the Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments.


What kind of museum is the Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments?

It is the museum to introduce musical instruments in the world with equal and unbiased perspective, and also introduce the culture of the world people through musical instruments and music.

Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments
The Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments opened in April, 1995 as the first public (municipal) museum for musical instruments in Japan. The museum is highly appreciated with many activities including the permanent exhibitions, special exhibitions, planned exhibitions, lecture concerts, lecture courses, workshops, and CD production for the collected instruments.

Not to mention in Japan and in Asia, it is the first-class museum for musical instruments in the world. The exhibition is done under the theme, “to see, to hear, and to touch”, in such ways as using headphones, small monitors, earphone guides, and providing free trials at the Hands-on room. It is the museum for both children and adults to enjoy.
To see more details, please view the official website for the Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments.

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