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Greetings from the Outskirts of Kyoto vol.42

INOUE Shōichi (Director-General)
April 30, 2024

I started learning the piano when I was 41. You are never too old to learn. While I am certainly not an accomplished player, I have improved over the years. Every year, I sense that I am better than I was before.

There are quite a few people who are particularly gifted as children. Those who become professional performers are of that ilk. They are the ones who make swift progress. The progress of those who start in middle age is likely to be sluggish.
But those who practice from childhood peak early. A wall preventing further progress quickly emerges. There are only a select few who can surmount that wall.

However, those who begin at middle age are frequently spared the wall. Their progress is slow, but they can advance steadily. I am now 69, and this probably explains why I am still making progress.

Such at least is my effort to assert myself against those who began the piano in their childhood!