Enjoy the beautiful Japanese Countryside
And also listen to some classical music in a re-built Zen temple
The Seiler Piano Duo (Ernst Seiler and his wife Kazuko) had given recitals of music for one piano, four hands, in their re-built Zen temple in Goma for more than 40 years.
The building dates from 1784. It is straw thatched and is a National Registered Cultural Building, called “Kayabuki Ongakudo”.
In March of 2017, Ernst passed away, but Kazuko has continued her own concerts with her “Musikalische Freunde” at Kayabuki Ongakudo twice a year.
It takes about one hour from Kyoto by train to get there, and another 18 minutes to walk through rice fields to their home. The train ride offers exceptionally beautiful views of unspoiled landscape. The village of Goma is like something out of an old story book. There are some refreshments (omotenashi) served during the intermission, with homemade cake and drink, as well as a rice ball (o-nigiri) for everyone at the end of the concerts.