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The above is an instrumental piece known as Homage that was never officially released in any album (but may be forthcoming in the THE BEST BANG!! album perhaps?  shall remain unreleased) so you won't find it anywhere. It was played in full once in the concert above that is the 2007 Daikanshasai which was why I was rather surprised to hear of this instrumental music when I didn't see it in any of the albums or compilations or even singles. The music is soothing, and I feel rather relaxed listening to it. But the story behind this instrumental piece is rather moving, as explained by Izumisano of MashaPlus Info Forums;

Homage has never been formally released unless you count that 10 (or is it 20?) second piece on music box. Even that was sold on a limited basis only during the Ueda Shoji exhibition in 2005. That's the piece he wrote in memory of Ueda Shoji. A huge portion of Jonetsu Tairiku Aug 2005 was dedicated to that piece. At that time, it was still called "Ueda Shoji 17748" after the asteroid name. (According to experienced fans, they wanted to name the asteroid after Masha, but he asked them to dedicate it to Ueda Shoji instead)

Unfortunately the only time he played it in full was in the 2007 daikanshasai and that is the only version available and the first time it was known as Homage. But then the 2007 daikanshasai is not in public release either. So theoretically, this music was never released. Another unreleased single/instrumental music is Citizen CM song which opened the 2007 Daikanshasai 「つながる時間.

Of my limited knowledge on all things Masha and the world of photography, Ueda Shoji was Masha's mentor and sensei who inspired him in his photography and his trademark is black and white pictures which you will the same continuing style in Masha's pictures,such as the Sydney Olympics pictures that I blogged about here. Whilst the pictures are great, I find them a bit unsettling. There may be people in there but I find the photographer's world a tad lonely, a bit quiet if you know what I mean. But they're artistic, especially those by Ueda Shoji. He died in 2000 at the age of 87. I don't think Masha has ever spoken openly or candidly about this death.

Anyway I will post this under Instrumental Releases although technically it is unreleased music.



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