In the little town of Futami, lies a road. This road is special though. It plays a tune. Literally. When you drive over on it, it plays a song.
Story goes, during the war, a couple Okinawans were told to vacate their home in present day Itoman. They first moved to Yonabaru and then finally settled in Futami, just before the war ended. They decided to write a song about their new home and the Okinawan folk song, Futami jowa (二見情話) was born.
|The treble clef is at the start of the melody.|
Many years later, a new road was built, by-passing the town. That would be the overpass in the pictures. Some really, really, super smart person came up with the idea to carve the melody of the song into the road. Who knows how long it took to figure this out and then carve into the road, but when you drive on the road, your tires are like the needle on a record player, playing the tune. This is utterly fascinating to me because I know nothing about music or anything that you would need to take on this project.
We drove over it and the little one in the back sat quietly and listened. She got all excited and said she heard it! By the third time, she was over it and more worried about the drinks in the vending machine we kept passing.
|The grooves cut into the road. Genius, I’m telling you.|
Watch the video and listen. You can hear it over the sound of the wind. It’s not a great video, but it’s what you get, since I was driving.