I. Dawn - sunrise between the islands
II. The Archipelago and Waves - waves crash as the point of view ascends from them up to the sky
III. Voyage - riding the crest of the waves
"Three Spectacles for Navy Blue" was commissioned by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Band/Sasebo for their 50th anniversary and premiered by them on 22nd February, 2003, Lt. Cdr. Hiroyuki Kumazaki conducting.
Sasebo is a historically significant seaport, blessed by natural design. Before composing this work, I visited Sasebo and was impressed with the marvelous view of the archipelago called "99 Islands", where literally 99 islands spread across the Sasebo Sea. I was stirred by the area's natural greatness. Throughout Sasebo's tumultuous geologic history, the archipelago was slowly formed.
2003 was also the 100th anniversary of Sasebo city, so I have constructed a homage of hope from the past to the future in Sasebo, praising the power of nature. This song is based upon pitch names "S[Es, or Eb]-A-S-E-B". Considering the band's 50th and the city's 100th anniversaries, the 5th degree and 10th degree appear frequently.