Thank you Seattle!

June 2, 2011

“Songs of Hope”, a Japan Relief Concert on May 1 was a great sucess!
More than 700 in attendance and donation was raised over $23,000!!
Thank you so Seattle!
Donations were made to American Red Cross, Peace Winds America and Japan Relief Fund by Nikkei Concerns.

I had an honor to deliver the opening speech and here is what I had to say;

Our life changed forever on March 11th.
We could not believe what was happening
in our beloved country of Japan.
We were heart broken.
We felt useless being so far away from home.
We felt helpless and at a loss for what to do.
But you, the people of Seattle responded quickly
by starting a Japan Relief effort.

Little kids organized bake sales
and other fundraising events happened all around town.
You did whatever you could to help support Japan.
You gave us courage and hope.

The organizers of today’s concert,
Akiko- pianist, Lisa-pianist, and Fumi-soprano singer,
got together to do what they are good at, create great music,
to help with the Japan relief efforts.
But they also wanted to thank the Seattle community
which has been compassionate and generous in helping people of Japan.
We are so happy to have you as our friends. Thank you.

Please join us in enjoying the music,
created by fine musicians from the greater Seattle area.
Songs of Hope.

3月11日以来
外国に暮らす私たち日本人は、変わり果てた愛する日本の姿に
心をうちのめされてきました。
何もできない自分がもどかしく悔しく
やり場のない思いをもって暮らしてきたのではないでしょうか。

みなさん、今日は希望の歌を一緒にききましょう。
日本にはすばらしい仲間がいます。
シアトルのみなさんが、世界中が、
日本のことを心配し支援活動をしてくれています。

日本には希望があります。
今日は日本の復興のため、そして日本のことを思ってくれる仲間に
「ありがとう」の気持ちをこめて
美しい音楽を通じてひとつになりたいと思います。

シアトルで活躍するプロの音楽家たちが、
日本の被災者のみなさんのことを思い、
復興を祈り、美しい音楽を奏でてくれます。
みなさまと一緒に日本を思い
心静かなひと時をすごしたいと思っています。

Here is the Concert Day photo Gallery
Please enjoy!

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