Smoke on the Water, Japanese Style


This is one of those things that one never even contemplates getting to see. The famous American Rock and Roll song Smoke on the Water is being played by a Japanese traditional-style orchestra, named Ooedo No Hikeshi*. It gets really interesting when they start singing.

*:Edit: Actually it seems Ooedo No Hikeshi (大江戸の火消し) is more a name commemorating a great fire in Tokyo, and this was a group thrown together for the event. I found this in my search online:

From the 250th anniversary celebration of the Great Fire of Edo (Edo is
the traditional name of Tokyo) … one of many, but the most
destructive, held along with the Great Eruption of Fuji-san 300th
Anniversary. This is the Kabuki-za orchestra and readers along with
part of the Suntory Hall Orchestra, which occasionally features the
Crown Prince on viola (but not in this one).

The guy doing the shamisen solo was my next door neighbor 20-odd years

I doubt there is anyone on this list who will not recognize the melody.
Turn the volume up LOUD and open all of your windows.


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