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One of the many duties of parenthood is to watch and listen enthusiastically as one’s offspring perform in plays, concerts and recitals. We’re used to the image of proud parents, amazed and moved by what their children can achieve. But sometimes, that dynamic gets flipped on its head, like in this clever commercial by music school TOSANDO, which brings us the story of one father’s mission to surprise his son on his wedding day with a moving musical performance.

The short video starts with guests assembled at a wedding reception. The bride and groom look confused as a widescreen TV is wheeled into the room, and the host announces that the father of the groom, Jiro Chiba, has a special message for the happy couple.

▼ Be sure to hit the button for English subtitles!

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As Jiro lifts up the sax and begins, haltingly, to play, we see footage of this shy, unassuming man diligently practicing at a music school. Four months before the wedding, we find out, he began learning the saxophone in secret, taking evening classes so as to be able to surprise his son and new daughter-in-law with a performance at their wedding.

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The newlyweds look a delightful mixture of surprised and happy (in between some embarrassed/proud giggling as Jiro flubs a few notes).

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Even the song Jiro chose to perform, Masaharu Fukuyama’s Kazoku ni Narou Yo (“Let’s Become a Family”) is an apt choice for a wedding performance, with lyrics to hit you right in the feels.

▼ As this surprisingly moving commercial shows us, you can express a lot through music.

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Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a bit more crying to do, I think… and maybe a music school to join.

Source/screenshots: YouTube/TOSANDO Music