The autographs of 38 world-renowned classical music artists have been discovered on a 59-year-old grand piano used at a civic hall in Fukuoka’s Chuo Ward and the Fukuoka Sunpalace concert hall in the city’s Hakata Ward.

It is extremely rare for a piano to have autographs of so many famous musicians.

A committee for a project to preserve the piano, headed by Nishinippon Shimbun President Kenya Shibata, announced a plan on July 29 to restore the musical instrument as a cultural legacy.