The Hibaku Pianos

The Hibaku Pianos

Many people are unaware that there are pianos that survived both the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings in 1945, but there are in fact six of these pianos. These six pianos are collectively known as the ‘Hibaku Pianos’ and one of them was played at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert back in December 2017. The Hibaku piano that was played at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert is a Yamaha upright piano that was built in 1938.

“This year the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) for “its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons, and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons”. It was thought highly appropriate to feature one of the pianos at the event” – World Piano News

Hibaku Piano
A “Hibaku Piano” in front of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. Photo: Yagawa Piano Studio

The Yamaha Hibaku Piano

The Yamaha Hibaku piano was just 3km away from the epicentre of the bomb fall out and has survived well. Following the bombing, this Hibaku piano was donated by its owner to a piano restorer who specialises in maintaining pianos which have survived atomic bombs. The restorer, Mr Yagawa, currently owns five upright pianos and one grand piano – all of which have survived bombings. He has restored some of them to a playable state, although they look much the same as they did when they were first rescued. The Yamaha Hibaku piano has been played in nearly 2000 peace concerts all over Japan and a film about this iconic piano is due to be released in 2019.

Purchase Your Own Yamaha Piano

If you would like to purchase your own Yamaha piano, consider looking at their digital range. An electronic piano from Yamaha will have the same great sound as an upright, but no maintenance costs. Chase Direct stock a range of Yamaha pianos including a Yamaha digital grand piano and the popular Yamaha P-45. If you would like more information then browse the Chase Direct website or call the piano team.

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