BREATHTAKING Smile!
An Ever-Expanding Network of Happy Users

BREATHTAKING Makes Daily Music Playing Fun!
The number of BREATHTAKING users is increasing, and they are all happy campers!
We value our ties with all users and will keep supporting as many music players as possible
so that they can enjoy playing better music without compromising their health.

FOR PLAYERS' PERFORMANCE AND HEALTH

BREATHTAKING Strap was developed by Yumiko Komura, a saxophonist who suffered from cervical herniation due to long years of using a neck strap.
As a result of her ailment, she came to realize that one's bone structure, muscles and posture can greatly affect one's performance.
She continued the research on the relationship between the body and the instrument used, resulting in the birth of the BREATHTAKING Strap that not only reduces stress on the body, but also improves sound quality.

IN PURSUIT OF BETTER PRODUCTS

The advantage of the BREATHTAKING Strap over other straps is that its creator, Yumiko Komura, is a performer and an instructor.
As a performer, she always makes sure that her products are of the highest quality.
She is able to gather feedback from notable players and incorporate them into her products.
Through years of teaching, she has an accurate understanding on the physical conditions of her students, which is reflected in her products.
Her first objective is to develop products so that players are able to give good performances without straining their bodies.
BREATHTAKING is constantly progressing, never stopping to pursue ways to develop better products.

3 Basic Concepts of BREATHTAKING

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A good posture leads to good breathing.
A good posture while performing is a moderately relaxed posture with flexible joints and muscles, rather than an upright straight posture that stretches the back muscles.
An unbalanced body resulting from the weight of the instrument on a neck strap, or too much body tension can negatively affect one's performance.

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When we breathe, the whole body - including the ribs, spinal joints and muscles - move.
If the body can move smoothly, air can reach deeply into the lungs, resulting in good breathing.
If good breathing is achieved, fuller and better sound is produced.
Many factors, such as weight of the instrument and nervousness, can prevent good breathing.
By eliminating such factors, one can breathe comfortably.

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A saxophone can produce many different tones, all of which are beautiful. However, it is important that such tones have good sound quality.
Full and good sound brings out to the fullest such techniques as vibrato, fingering and dynamics.
As a result, the scope of musical expression widens.
The foundation of producing full and good sound is having a good posture and breathing smoothly.
By not interfering with the body's natural functions and movements, good sound with rich quality can be produced.



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2001   Yumiko Komura, an active saxophone performer and teacher, suffered from cervical herniation as
      a result of years of performing using a neck strap. Unable to find any comfortable strap,
      she designed her own while researching the relationship between the body and
      the musical instrument used. Her strap gradually gained popularity.

2003   Productization of the strap started.

2007   First model of BREATHTAKING Strap was born.
      Trademark registrations of “BREATHTAKING” were obtained in Japan, China, Korea, and Taiwan.
      Trademark registration of “Lithe” was obtained in Japan.
      Patent registrations were obtained in Japan, Germany, France, and the USA.

2012   BREATHTAKING Strap "Lithe" was released.

2014   BREATHTAKING Strap"Lithe Premium" was released.

PRESENT BREATHTAKING never ceases to research and develop its products, taking into
      consideration feedback from users both in Japan and overseas. The quality of its products is
      trusted by many prominent artists.

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Yumiko Komura, President, BREATHTAKING

Yumiko Komura, President, BREATHTAKING
After graduating from Hiroshima Music High School and Elisabeth University of Music, Ms. Komura studied under Nobuya Sugawa.
In addition to being an active performer, Ms. Komura is also a teacher, instructing mostly universty students, using her own unique method which incorporates her research on the relationship between a musician's body and his musical instrument.
Ms. Komura wrote bi-monthly articles on "Optimal Sound Method For Expressing Your Own Music" for The Sax, a saxophone magazine, from 2009 to 2011.


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