Two Japanese saxophone players have won the top prizes at a prestigious competition in Belgium.
The Adolphe Sax International Competition is held every four years in the city of Dinant. The city is the birthplace of Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the saxophone. This year, nearly 100 players from 19 countries competed.
Twenty seven-year-old Kenta Saito won the contest after the final round, which was held on Friday and Saturday. Thirty-year-old Rui Ozawa placed second.
Saito studied at the Tokyo University of the Arts after graduating from Senzoku Gakuen College of Music.
He earned the second prize at an international contest held in Slovenia last year.
Saito said he doesn't have the words to express how overjoyed he was at winning the competition.
He said he wants to do more to promote the saxophone, as it is relatively unknown compared with other instruments.
This is the first time that Japanese have taken both the first and second prizes at the competition.