First, I thank you for visiting this website, and thank you for your concern.
I would like to report that I have recoverd really well from the devastating damage I got from the fire. (You can see a brief note about the accident in the comment of this video.) On the 30th of June 2017, fire (automatic ignition) broke out of an old electric massage chair in our house in Sapporo Japan where my parents and I were living at that moment, and it burned up the whole house.
‘‘‘ Present condition of Mitsuko ITO ‘‘‘
I suffered severe aftereffects of carbon monoxide poisoning, but now they are almost gone. When I was hospitalized after the fire, I was once unable to stand or walk. (Carbon monoxide poisoning kills brain cells.) But today I can stand and walk as before.
I got burns on my face, eyes, right ear and respiratory organs. But in spite of the burn on my corneas, I didn't lose my sight and I can see. The half of my right ear burned and turned into different colour, and the edge of it was completely black, so I thought that eventually it would fall out. But somehow it was totally restored, and it looks as normal as before. The airway burn was so severe, particularly the throat. Not only the trachea but also the lungs were burned to the bottom, and they were black with soot. But now I can breathe without difficulty. The deep burn on my forehead has no trace any more. I must say that all these healings are miraculous.
The hoarseness (my voice) due to the most severe throat damage has not been cured yet, but it has been improving slowly.
There was incredible amount of work (for example demolition work of burnt house etc) after the fire, and I have done all. I am now preparing various things to rebuild my life. It takes time.
I lost my instruments in the fire in June 2017, but now I am with a new violin and bows which I purchased in October 2018. These are modest instruments, but I am happy with them.
I have not yet been back to the public performance, but everydayhgo to a paid practice room where I can make sound, because I can not make noise in my new residence. As I have to pay, I can concentrate very well on my practice in that little box.
Twelve months ago, I often woke up with night pain due to "calcific tendonitis" and "a bone spicule" of my right shoulder, but now I can practice without pain. Because I changed my method of performing for this condition.
In October 2019, I discovered a relationship between the instrument and my left hand that could produce a better tone quality.
Without compromising, I have been challenging to this new way of using fingers that I had never done before to preduce better sound. (It's a "revolution" for me, because it's different from what I learned in schools from any teachers, and it's not written in the violin textbooks.)
I believe in the power of music, and I have a dream to "contribute to the world peace through music." I will continue my effort, and I will not give up to return to my performance activity, even though it takes time.
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to everyone who has supported me. Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart.