Sunday, September 7, 2014
How likely is it to see and hear a group of Japanese ukulele players perform Hava Nagila on stage at a Shinto shrine on a mountaintop in Tokyo? Not very likely, but we found a video of just such a happening.
The players are a group called Ukulele Afternoon. They have been performing ukulele concerts in Japan for more than 20 years.
Ukulele Afternoon embodies everything about Japanese culture - they embrace traditional and modern approaches to music and art.
Their music has all the excitement of a punk rock band combined with the sensitivity of a chamber orchestra.
The first three minutes of the video shows the ensemble playing Hava Nagila, and then they play other songs.
(A SPECIAL NOTE FOR NEW EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS: THE VIDEO MAY NOT BE VIEWABLE DIRECTLY FROM THE EMAIL THAT YOU GET EACH DAY ON SOME COMPUTERS AND TABLETS. YOU MUST CLICK ON THE TITLE AT THE TOP OF THE EMAIL TO REACH THE JEWISH HUMOR CENTRAL WEBSITE, FROM WHICH YOU CLICK ON THE PLAY BUTTON IN THE VIDEO IMAGE TO START THE VIDEO.)