The kind gesture was recorded, so now you can see and listen to how the Japanese kids sing in Hungarian.
The Tokyo Olympics came to an end on Sunday, but it will undoubtedly be a talking topic in several television shows for a while. Although the centre of attention is obviously sports, we do not always talk only about the athletes when it comes to the Games.
The Hungarian Cultural Institute of Tokyo and a children’s choir adorably surprised the Hungarian Olympic Team. Their action was recorded on camera and uploaded on YouTube to blow our minds.
A big group of Japanese kids dressed in Hungarian colours with flowers, flags, and small signs in their hands sung to them in Hungarian.
Choir Director Sachiko Mager had spent one year in Hungary, during which she learnt the mysteries of the Kodály Method, an approach of music education, writes szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu.
When she returned to Japan, she founded the Fény Children’s Choir. (“Children of Light”).
Fény was started in 1998 with children from the age of 3 through 18. “Currently, we have about 90 members. We sing a mix of songs, mostly in Japanese, English, and Hungarian”, she writes on the website of European Capital Culture.
Her latest work with her kids was a tribute both to Hungary and the Hungarian Olympic team. She taught her little singers a famous Hungarian song, which she recorded and the Institute posted on YouTube.
As she writes on her Facebook page, “it was the first Hungarian song I challenged my kids with”.
Her choir became a real cheering team. She posted several videos about her children in different colours of countries, supporting them.
She did a wonderful job, the members of the choir sing almost perfectly Soho Party’s The night can never end.
At the beginning of the video, they express their gratitude and aim to support the Hungarian athletes with the song.
Sachiko says that she was really touched by Hungarian music, so she studied for a year in Budapest. She was amazed by how developed the educational and pedagogical system of music was. “I wanted to give this knowledge to Japanese children”.
The video’s description box writes that “Hungarian supporters are well-known in the world, and the atmosphere and cheering that echo in the stadiums during a football game reached Japan.
Although this song is primarily about football, the Japanese children send the performance to the Hungarian Olympic team and the Hungarians.”