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Piano restored from 3/11 disaster played in Taipei

A restored piano that survived the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan was played at an event in Taiwan.

A concert was held at a department store in Taipei on Friday as a gesture of appreciation for the generous support from the people of Taiwan to Japanese who survived the March 11th disaster 3 years ago.

The grand piano's original home was in a junior high school gymnasium in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture.

It was found covered in mud and damaged by seawater, but was restored to its original state by a piano tuner and other specialists. It has since been dubbed the 'miracle piano'.

Blind Taiwanese pianist Huang Yu-Hsiang visited the March 11th disaster regions last December. On Friday, he played the piano in Taipei.

Concert-goers broke into thunderous applause after he played a traditional Japanese nursery song.

Huang said it was as easy as playing a brand new piano and that he was honored to perform with it.

People in Taiwan sent about 200 million dollars in donations to Japan following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Jul. 4, 2014 - Updated 18:24 UTC