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Saying Goodbye to Mai Takematsu 竹松 舞さんにお疲れ様でした

Posted by Patrick on 20 Mar 2007

Japanese public network NHK runs a weekly international show called J-MELO, which showcases myriad looks at the Japanese music scene to a worldwide audience. The show is conducted in English (mostly) and has been hosted by professional harpist Mai Takematsu (竹松 舞) until this past week, when she announced that she is one step closer to her dream of becoming a doctor, and that she must vacate her duty as VJ to begin her medical internship.

I have to say that I’m a little saddened by it, even though it’s clear that she is making an intelligent career move. It was very fitting that the last segment which aired during her tenure is a piano/harp duet that she played called shabondama “(soap) bubbles”. I must say that in formal wear, excluding her sometimes costume-esque TV-show wardrobe, I was surprised by how beautiful she looked. Those things aside, I’m probably going to watch J-MELO one more time to see who the new VJ is, and if it’s a guy or a girl who doesn’t match up to Mai, I probably won’t watch it anymore. I hope NHK knows what it is doing in hiring a new VJ.

Next time I’m in Japan, which is August, I may have to get sick and go see Dr. Mai.

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