Saturday, December 6, 2014

1. Takeo the drumer

Takeo was once an active talented drummer in Japan. However, his passion for music and hard life caused mental illness.


One day, a music therapist Rie and her assistant Akiko visited Takeo.

Japanese cuisine
Takeo's family owns a famous catering shop in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Every time Rie and Akiko visit, his mother welcomes them with homemade seasonal cuisine on a full table.

Mother recalls her son's life of illness under medical treatment and how hard it was day after day. She continues to appeal to Rie and Akiko. She wants her son to play the drums with full energy again. It's like a prayer. So, she invites them home to make introductions. Enthusiastic and hopeful, she prayed for a positive outcome.

Before he couldn't play like this.
After an exquisite lunch, Takeo's therapy began in his studio. His studio is a soundproofed room where he can play drums all through the night, even in this densely populated residential area.

He first stretches to loosen his whole body. Most mentally ill patients have poor blood flow and a stiff body. Loosening the body is essential to recovery.

Then vocal exercises commence. Usually Takeo doesn't speak loud enough. So Rie was surprised by his loud singing voice because of his solid physique .

Takeo's goal is to sing while playing the drums. After a little break, Takeo plays his drums, joined by Rie playing piano and Akiko singing. He is now rehearsing for the December 9th live performance.

After the first session was finished. Rie's suggestion for next time; For Takeo to accompany them for some walking outside to improve blood circulation. Then after the walk, do the vocal exercises and play the drums. Takeo and his mother both like this idea and respond with jubilant faces.


Akiko is a professional musician, a flute player and a singer. Also she is a founder of Sankichi Band. This band is comprised of any patients and any supporters who want to enjoy music together.

Some patients are very talented but they couldn't achieve their own coarse, because of their illness. Akiko plans in enjoying music with each and every one of them, their families, friends, therapist, and any others who have an understanding of their situation.

Well then. Everybody. Let's play in Japan, at Sankichi Band.

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