The new Emperor is a viola player

The new Emperor of Japan, Naruhito, is committed to his music – particularly to playing his own instrument, the viola.

In an essay for a concert booklet, Naruhito once wrote: ‘I’m starting to understand the role of viola, which doesn’t stand out, but (the) harmony becomes lonesome without it. … It’s a joy to have chosen the viola as a friend through which I could meet people and play music together.’

So who’s the king of instruments now?

photo: AP