In every era, some of the world's great composers have expressed their wish for humankind's happiness through music. Dr. Niibori is another such composer, promoting peace throughout the world by way of this masterpiece.
Ohshima village in Niigata Prefecture is the stage on which this symphonic poem is played out. Located in a heavy snowfall area of Japan, the village has a population of 3,000 people. It is nestled in the bosom of Mother Nature and year round exhibits wonderful scenery.
The symphonic poem 'The God of SAI' that Dr. Niibori composed, is a culmination of his study of composition over a long period of time. Through this symphonic poem, he conveys the message that 'Even though there is hardship and sadness in your life, never abandon your dreams, then, only then, will peace and happiness find you.' With his love of mankind and pacifism, this symphonic poem, comprised of 4 movements at a length of 45 minutes, is complete.
The natural beauty of Ohshima Village in Niigata Prefecture is where Dr. Niibori drew his inspiration for the symphonic poem 'The God of SAI'. In the village, people live as one with God. The village is in a heavy snowfall area and the winter is very long. The villagers long for the arrival of Spring through the deep snow.
'The God of SAI' is a festival held since ancient times on the Lunar New Year's Day in the Joetsu area. At the festival, people pray for the safety of their families, good health, peace for the village, the exorcism of demons, and their own personal safety in the upcoming year.
After the festival, all wait until a gentle murmuring sound under the snow signals the return of spring.
Ohdaira is a plain in the Joetsu region, in the center of which is located Ohshima Village. Niibori Guitar Music Academy, Joetsu campus is also located there. The clock tower with the pointed red roof is the symbol of the Academy. From the top of Mt. Iwakuri, little Ohshima Village and the shimmering Hokura River can be seen. The beautiful scene unveiled as the morning mist lifts reminds one of Tyrol. In the refreshing spring sunrise, 'Wonderful Morning' cheerfully encourages the villagers to be about their business.
To the east of Ohshima Village, there is a grove of beech trees on a hill. It is called Asahi Forest and is the stage for this scene. Sunbeams streaming through the branches are filled with the joy of spring.
In autumn, colorful leaves fall silently and cover the ground. Asahi Forest changes faces with the seasons. It almost seems as if fairies live in there.
In the snow, villagers erect a tower made up of cedars, chestnut trees and bamboo, and tie straw on to the construction. When it's finished, everyone ties their first calligraphy writings of the year on to the top. As darkness falls, the sound of conch shells blown from high up a mountain pass near the village border signals the lighting of the tower. All chant, 'Ohmara, Ohmara' while dancing, as a prayer for good health. The villagers believe that they can get a good harvest if the calligraphies fly high. To insure good health for the year, eat rice cakes baked by the fire.
The God of SAI is the god that brings this village happiness.
In this symphonic poem, there is a philosophy of Dr. Niibori that is this, 'Even though there is hardship and sadness in your life, never abandon your dreams, then, only then, will peace and happiness find you.'