One Year Later: Shaken But Not Broken
Japan Benefit Concert
Kozue Matsumoto’s account of her recent trip home, particularly the poignant stories of the impact on the everyday activities, illustrates the raw emotions that still exist in Tohoku and the need for continued support at all levels, from infrastructure projects to mental health.
When the BC-Japan Earthquake Relief Fund (BC-JERF) first discussed the idea of organizing a one year anniversary concert, we felt it was important to do something to show our friends in Tohoku that they were not forgotten. Though we had a number of successful initiatives in 2011, we had much more modest expectations of what we could put together. However, reaching out through our networks, we were amazed by the number of individuals, organizations and businesses willing to get on board. Consequently, the event, titled One Year Later: Shaken But Never Broken, has grown from a two-hour concert, our initial ambition, to an all-afternoon gathering.
We have a special lineup of performers and guests, starting at 1pm with shiatsu in the lobby offered by donation and from 1:30pm when both Japan Love’s Photo Exhibit 365days and a Silent Auction will be available.
Yuaikai Ryukyu Taiko will be welcoming guests with a pre-concert performance from 2:30pm.
The concert starts at 3:00pm with JaVan, Sakura Singers, Yayoi Hirano & Chieko Konishi , Cattleya Chorus, a shakuhachi and koto ensemble, followed by Baggy Bootz and finally, Chibi Taiko.
Linda Ohama will also talk to reflect on her experiences working in Tohoku to help children affected by the disaster.
Once again, it has been truly inspiring to see the selfless work and goodwill of so many dedicated people to pull this event together. With these efforts, it is humbling that the Nikkei community in the greater Vancouver area has not become the passing “tourist” but a humanitarian partner to the Tohoku people.
Tickets for One Year Later: Shaken But Never Broken are available at Nikkei Centre, Tonari Gumi and the Vancouver Japanese Language School & Hall in advance (adults $25; seniors, students and children $15) and at the door (adults $30; seniors, students and children $20). All proceeds will be used to support Chikyu no Stage and Ashinaga Ikueikai, two organisations that are working on the ground to provide support services for children in the affected areas.
For more information, please visit bc-jerf.ca or call 604.777. 7000. We look forward to seeing you on the 11th at Nikkei Centre.