Butterfly rests on flute player’s face during competition

A Japanese flute player was joined by a fluttery friend as she took part in a competition earlier this week.

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It seemed that a butterfly was so enchanted by the delicate music performed by Yukie Ota that the equally delicate animal perched on the flutist’s face to get a closer look as she played.

Ota was taking part in a competition in Denmark when she was joined by the butterfly halfway through her rendition of Sancan’s Sonatine for flute and piano.

She had a quick look up to see what had landed just above her nose but continued playing without missing a note.

The butterfly remained on Ota’s face for rest of the piece and flapped its wings along with the music.

Written by Michael Kehoe

Michael Kehoe

Michael Kehoe is a writer for Irish Music Daily and Ireland Calling.
His favourite Irish Music bands are Flogging Molly and the Dropkick Murphys.
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