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Sound of "Wa" Concert to Support Eastern Japan

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Concept of Concert Activities

Since the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, Seiko has been holding the “Sound of 'Wa' Concert in a Spirit of Harmony to Support Eastern Japan” in three prefectures of the Tohoku region and in Tokyo. The word "Wa” contained in the title of this event, embraces various themes: a “circle” of support for reconstruction activities, a “circle” symbolizing the joined hands of those who suffered in the disaster and their supporters, a “circle” of dreams and aspirations for the future, a spirit of “harmony” that fosters togetherness of people working to rebuild, the “Japanese essence” of a vibrant Japan, as well as a strong desire to strengthen bonds of “harmony” between people. While in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake the concert represented an opportunity for supporters to show support for disaster victims, today it serves as a stage for victims to participate and express their hopes for the progress of reconstruction.

This Year’s Initiatives

This Year’s Initiatives

In 2019, the “Sound of 'Wa' Concerts to Support Eastern Japan in a Spirit of Harmony” took place on September 8th in Matsushima Town, Miyagi Prefecture.

The opening act of this year’s edition of the concert was a dance by Matsushima High School’s Dance Club. Members of Matsushima Madura Take Yamai brought the stage to life with their “Sparrow Dance” and so did members of Umiumi & Hula Honi Ke Aloha with their Hawaiian and hula dances. Special guest Midori Karashima’s songs brought back memories and caused some tears to flow. At the invitation of “Let's hold hands,” artists on stage joined hands with the members of the audience, and the whole venue was enveloped in a warm embrace.

Information on the 2019 Edition of the “Sound of 'Wa' Concert to Support Eastern Japan in a Spirit of Harmony”

Date Title Location Venue Guests
Sep 08, 2019 Sound of "Wa" Concert to Support Eastern Japan in a Spirit of Harmony 2019 in Matsushima Matsushima Town, Miyagi Prefecture Matsushima Culture and Tourism Exchange Center’s “Atreru Hall” Midori Karashima
Sep 22 Sound of "Wa" Concert to Support Eastern Japan in a Spirit of Harmony 2019 in Soma Soma City, Fukushima Prefecture Soma Civic Center’s Main Hall Circus
Oct 05 Sound of "Wa Concert to Support Eastern Japan in a Spirit of Harmony 2019 in Tono Tono City, Iwate Prefecture Tono City’s Civic Center Machiko Watanabe
Mar 11, 2020 Sound of "Wa" Concert to Support Eastern Japan in a Spirit of Harmony 2020 in Tokyo Shibuya Ward, Tokyo Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Shibuya Machiko Watanabe, Circus, Windbreakers, and others

Message by the Chairman of the Executive Committee

Message by the Chairman of the Executive Committee

Shinji Hattori, Chairman of the Executive Committee of “Sound of 'Wa' Concert to Support Eastern Japan in a Spirit of Harmony”

The Great East Japan Earthquake struck on March 11, 2011. The Seiko Group, never forgetting what happened on that day, has visited many of the affected areas, starting in 2011 with the late musician Norio Maeda, and, along with the many collaborating artists, has continued to support the reconstruction activities we care so much about. We will continue to believe in the infinite power of music and to strengthen the bonds of “harmony” connecting us in spirit with those on the road to recovery. We will continue to carry out these activities as long as our strength allows. Thank you for your continued support and your enthusiasm.

History of Seiko’s Activities

FY 2011

2011.08: Tohoku Tour-
2011.08: Tohoku Tour- included a performance on a piano partially damaged in the disaster
2011.11: Donated metronomes to elementary and junior high schools in the Tohoku region
2011.11: Donated metronomes to elementary and junior high schools in the Tohoku region

In 2011, when the Great East Japan Earthquake struck, Seiko celebrated its 130th anniversary. All the various commemorative events were canceled and in their place we launched the “Seiko 130 Actions” campaign with the goal of completing over 130 reconstruction-supporting projects in the three years following the earthquake.
As a result of the combined efforts by our company (which included decontamination work in the stricken areas, the cleaning of photographs washed away by the tsunami, donation activities and shipping of daily necessities) and the actions of volunteer groups and individuals, the total number of projects reached 138 in three years.
As part of these activities, in addition to offering material support, the desire to be close in spirit to people in the affected areas through the power of music led us first to cooperate with Norio Maeda’s “Norio Maeda Concert KIZUNA” (held in Kitakata City, Fukushima Prefecture, on August 22, 2011, and in Ichinoseki City, Iwate Prefecture, on August 23) and then to launch the “Sound of 'Wa' Concert to Support Eastern Japan in a Spirit of Harmony.”

2011.05: Donated 100 watches to the disaster areas
2011.05: Donated 100 watches to the disaster areas

FY 2012

2012 Miyako City, Iwate Prefecture
2012 Happy Big-catch Flags Concert

On May 27, 2012 the “Happy Big-catch Flags Concert” was held in Miyako City, Iwate Prefecture.
About 100 “Happy Big-catch Flags” with messages for people in the affected areas were presented to fishermen in the Miyako region.

FY 2013

Sound of “Wa“ Concert to Support Eastern Japan in a Spirit of Harmony 2013 in Tohoku

In September 2013, with the goal of further expanding the circle of support activities, we set up an executive committee for a series of concerts titled “Sound of 'Wa' Concert to Support Eastern Japan in a Spirit of Harmony.”
Soon after, the “Sound of 'Wa' Concert to Support Eastern Japan in a Spirit of Harmony in Tohoku” was held on September 7 in Ichinoseki City, Iwate Prefecture, on September 8 in Miyako City, Iwate Prefecture, on September 13, in Fukushima City, Fukushima Prefecture, on September 14 in Minamisoma City, Fukushima Prefecture, on September 16 in Watari Town, Miyagi Prefecture, and on March 23 in Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture.

2013 September 9 Fukushima City, Fukushima Prefecture
2013 September 14 Minamisoma City, Fukushima Prefecture
2013 September Watari Town, Miyagi Prefecture

Sound of “Wa“ Concert to Support Eastern Japan in a Spirit of Harmony 2014 in Tokyo

On March 11, 2014, 3 years after the Great East Japan Earthquake, as an opportunity to unite in spirit, not just people within the disaster areas, but also people from the disaster areas with their supporters, the concert that until then had been held in the disaster areas, was held for the first time in Tokyo (at the Nippon Seinenkan).

2014 March 11 Nippon Seinenkan
2014 March 11 Nippon Seinenkan

FY 2013 Archives

FY 2014

Sound of “Wa“ Concert to Support Eastern Japan in a Spirit of Harmony 2014 in Tohoku

The “Sound of 'Wa' Concert to Support Eastern Japan in a Spirit of Harmony 2014 in Tohoku” was held on July 19, 2014, in Natori City, Miyagi Prefecture, on July 20 in Nihonmatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture, on August 5 in Kitakami City, Iwate Prefecture, on August 9 in Ofunato City, Iwate Prefecture, and on September 13 in Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture.

2014 July 20 Nihonmatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture
2014 August 5 Kitakami City, Iwate Prefecture
2014 September 13 Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture

Sound of “Wa“ Concert to Support Eastern Japan in a Spirit of Harmony 2015 in Tokyo

The “Sound of 'Wa' Concert to Support Eastern Japan in a Spirit of Harmony 2015 in Tokyo” was held on March 11, 2015, 4 years after the Great East Japan Earthquake, at Hibiya Public Hall.
People in the affected areas were asked to write their thoughts on 2015 headbands inscribed with the word “Wa” and supporters were asked to write words of encouragement next to them: the headbands were later displayed on stage and in the Ginza/Wako's store-front window.

2015 March 11 Hibiya Public Hall
2015 Wako's store-front window

FY 2014 Archives

FY 2015

Sound of “Wa“ Concert to Support Eastern Japan in a Spirit of Harmony 2015 in Tohoku

The “Sound of 'Wa' Concert to Support Eastern Japan in a Spirit of Harmony 2015 in Tohoku” was held on September 5, 2015, in Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, on September 22, in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, and, on October 12, in Miyako City, Iwate Prefecture.

2015 September 5 Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture
2015 September 22  Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture
2015 September 22 Guest of the concert in Iwaki town writing their message in the card.

Sound of “Wa“ Concert to Support Eastern Japan in a Spirit of Harmony 2016 in Tokyo

The “Sound of 'Wa' Concert to Support Eastern Japan in a Spirit of Harmony 2016 in Tokyo” was held on March 11, 2016, 5 years after the Great East Japan Earthquake, at Bunkyo Civic Hall.
This edition of the concert, which represents an opportunity to unite in spirit residents in disaster-stricken areas with their supporters through the power of music, marked the 20th staging of this concert.

2016 March 11  Bunkyo Civic Hall
2016 Wako's store-front window

FY 2015 Archives

FY 2016

Sound of “Wa“ Concert to Support Eastern Japan in a Spirit of Harmony 2016 in Tohoku

The “Sound of 'Wa' Concert to Support Eastern Japan in a Spirit of Harmony 2016 in Tohoku” was held on July 24, 2016, in Kuji City, Iwate Prefecture, on August 21 in Aizuwakamatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture, and on September 19, in Higashimatsushima City, Miyagi Prefecture.

2016 July 24 Kuji City, Iwate Prefecture
2016 August 21 Aizuwakamatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture
2016 August 21 Guest of the concert in Aizuwakamatsu town writing their message in the card.

Sound of “Wa“ Concert to Support Eastern Japan in a Spirit of Harmony 2017 in Tokyo

The “Sound of 'Wa' Concert to Support Eastern Japan in a Spirit of Harmony 2017 in Tokyo” was held on March 11, 2017, 6 years after the Great East Japan Earthquake, at Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Shibuya.
This edition of the reconstruction-supporting concert, held in the stricken areas and in Tokyo since immediately after the earthquake, marked the 24th staging of the concert. Over 2,000 people, ranging from elementary school students to the elderly, gathered at the venue to wish a prompt recovery in the affected areas.

2017 March 11 Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Shibuya
2017 Wako's store-front window

FY 2016 Archives

FY 2017

Sound of “Wa“ Concert to Support Eastern Japan in a Spirit of Harmony 2017 in Tohoku

The “Sound of 'Wa' Concert to Support Eastern Japan in a Spirit of Harmony 2017 in Tohoku” was held on July 8, 2017 in Shiogama City, Miyagi Prefecture, on July 23 in Sukagawa City, Fukushima Prefecture, and on September 24 in Rikuzentakata City, Iwate Prefecture.

2017 July 8 Shiogama City, Miyagi Prefecture
2017 July 23 Sukagawa City, Fukushima Prefecture
2017 September 24 Rikuzentakata City, Iwate Prefecture

Sound of “Wa“ Concert to Support Eastern Japan in a Spirit of Harmony 2018 in Tokyo

Seven years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake. The “Sound of 'Wa' Concert to Support Eastern Japan in a Spirit of Harmony 2018 in Tokyo” was held on March 12, 2018, at Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Shibuya.
The stage was decorated with about 600 hope-filled “Cherry Blossoms Cards” from the whole country, expressing hopes for reconstruction, and bringing to the venue the voices of disaster victims and supporters.

2018 March 12  Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Shibuya
2018 Wako's store-front window

FY 2017 Archives

FY 2018

Sound of “Wa“ Concert to Support Eastern Japan in a Spirit of Harmony 2018 in Tohoku

The “Sound of 'Wa' Concert to Support Eastern Japan in a Spirit of Harmony 2018 in Tohoku” was held on July 15, 2018, in Kamaishi City, Iwate Prefecture, on August 26 in Kitakata City, Fukushima Prefecture, and on October 27 in Tagajo City, Miyagi Prefecture. This concert was held in Kitakata City and was the 30th in total.

2018 July 15 Kamaishi City, Iwate Prefecture
2018 August 26 Kitakata City, Fukushima Prefecture
2018 October 27 Tagajo City, Miyagi Prefecture

Sound of “Wa“ Concert to Support Eastern Japan in a Spirit of Harmony 2019 in Tokyo

The “Sound of 'Wa' Concert to Support Eastern Japan in a Spirit of Harmony 2019 in Tokyo” was held on March 11, 2019, 8 years after the Great East Japan Earthquake, at Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Shibuya.
“Through the power of music, we want to restore “the sense of the ordinary ” that was lost after the disaster.” The artists who identified with these words sang in voices that reflected their emotions towards people in the affected areas.

2019 Guest of the concert observing silent prayers for the Memorial Bell
2019 March 11 Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Shibuya

FY 2018 Archives

Record of Activities

Seiko has been holding the “Sound of 'Wa' Concert to Support Eastern Japan in a Spirit of Harmony” in 3 prefectures of the Tohoku region since the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, and in Tokyo since 2014.

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FY 2013

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FY 2018

Participants' Voices

Presenting the voices of all those who participated in “Sound of 'Wa' Concert to Support Eastern Japan in a Spirit of Harmony” You can select voices by prefecture.

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Here you can read articles on the “Sound of 'Wa' Concert to Support Eastern Japan in a Spirit of Harmony” and on the three prefectures of the Tohoku region after the earthquake.

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2011.8.22/Kitakata: Playing on a piano damaged in the disaster

August 23, 2011/Ichinoseki: Norio Maeda’s Charity Concert

2012.5.27/Miyako: Happy Big-catch Flags Concert

2013.9.7/Senmaya: The 1st “Sound of 'Wa' Concert to Support Eastern Japan in a Spirit of Harmony” is held

2013.9.8/Miyako: Musical collaboration between Machiko Watanabe and local bands

2013.9.13/Fukushima: Song and powerful dance performance by local band “Benkei to Ushiwakamaru”

2013.9.14/Minamisoma: Musical by TCP Conservatoire

2013.9.16/Watari: Kozue Saito singing with local residents

2013.9.23/Kesennuma: Musical collaboration between Lampshade and Norio Maeda

2014.3.11/Tokyo: The “Sound of 'Wa' Concert to Support Eastern Japan in a Spirit of Harmony” is held in Tokyo for the first time

2014.7.19/Natori: Hiromi Ota stirring the venue with funny anecdotes

2014.7.20/Nihonmatsu: Hiromi Ota performing with local residents

2014.8.5/Kitakami: Singing “Ue wo muite arukou” with the entire audience

2014.8.9/Ofunato: “Ano kane wo narasu no wa anata” by the Ofunato Choir

2014.09.13/Ishinomaki: “Tequila” by the Ishinomaki City Hebita Junior High School Brass Band stirs up the audience!

2015.3.11/Tokyo: Seiko corporate song sung by the all-employee Always 4-chome Choir and by Concert Executive Committee Chairman Shinji Hattori

2015.9.5/Minamisanriku: Concert ends with choral performance by all artists

2015.9.22/Iwaki: Powerful performance of “Sunshine Marines” by members of the Nishiki Elementary School Brass Band

2015.10.12/Miyako: Nine schools (5 elementary schools and 4 high schools), participate in the concert, the highest number ever

2016.3.11/Tokyo: Members of Circus show off their beautiful harmonies

2016.7.24/Kuji: Norio Maeda conducting local vocal group Kohaku Echo

2016.8.21/Aizu Wakamatsu: An intangible folk cultural asset “Kumagawa Chigo Shishimai” performed by the members of Kumagawa Shishimai Preservation Society

2016.9.19/Higashi Matsushima: Seiko Clock disaster prevention clocks given to 5 people by lottery

2017.3.11/Tokyo: Final number with all performers singing “Ue wo muite arukou”

2017.7.8/Shiogama: 25th staging of the concert Mayor Sato of Shiogama City joined in to sing “Hana wa saku” in the final number

2017.7.23/Sukagawa: The stage curtains raised at the powerful sound of traditional Taimatsu drums skillfully played by the “Taimatsu Taiko Kowaka-kumi Senior Team.”

2017.9.24/Rikuzentakata: The concert ends with Tsubasa Wo Kudasai” sung together by the audience and all the performers

2018.3.12 Tokyo: Naoko Terai, a jazz violinist, performed passionate renditions of “Autumn Leaves” and “Spain.”

2018.7.15/Kamaishi: Norio Maeda shone in yet another wonderful performance with a local band

2018.8.26/Kitakata: Everyone in the audience held hands with their neighbors while listening to the music, turning the whole venue into a celebration of “Wa.”

2018.10.27/Tagajo: More than 100 local junior and senior high school students regaling the audience with wonderful performances

2019.3.11/Tokyo: All performers sang “Ano subarashii ai wo mou ichido” arranged by Katsuhisa Hattori.