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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 Wednesday, March 11, 4 years after the Great East Japan Earthquake, at Hibiya Public Hall with special sponsorship by SHD.

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

This edition of the “Sound of 'Wa' Concert to Support Eastern Japan in a Spirit of Harmony” started in September 2013, with Seiko CEO Hattori serving as chairman of the executive committee and featured composer/jazz pianist Norio Maeda as well as many guest singers; it was held in 3 prefectures in the Tohoku region and in Tokyo, and marked the 12th staging of this concert.

CEO Hattori
CEO Hattori
Norio Maeda
Norio Maeda

The “Wa” in the name of the event, besides referring to a ”circle” of support activities, also refers to a “circle” symbolizing the joined hands of those who suffered in the disaster and their supporters around the world, to the “circle” of dreams and aspirations for the future, to the “harmony” of everyone coming together to assist with reconstruction, and to the “Japanese essence” of a vibrant Japan. With the goal of further extending the bonds of "harmony," we prepared in advance 2015 “Wa” headbands, asked residents in the disaster areas to write their thoughts on them and supporters to write words of encouragement next to them, and then displayed them on the stage and in the Ginza/Wako's store-front window.

“Wa” headbands, in the Ginza/Wako's store-front window
“Wa” headbands, in the Ginza/Wako's store-front window

This edition of the "Sound of 'Wa' Concert to Support Eastern Japan in a Spirit of Harmony 2015 in Tokyo” featured many guests, including, in addition to Norio Maeda and the Windbreakers big band, EPO, Junko Yagami, Ami Ozaki and Machiko Watanabe, as well as a wide range of musical compositions.

EPO
EPO
Junko Yagami
Junko Yagami
Ami Ozaki
Ami Ozaki
Machiko Watanabe
Machiko Watanabe

From the SHD group, the Always 4-chome Choir sang “What A Wonderful World” as the opening act. Next, CEO Hattori sang the Seiko corporate song “Moving Ahead. Touching Hearts,” which was composed by CEO Hattori himself with lyrics penned by employees, while the ALWAYS 4-chome Choir and the ALWAYS 4-chome Dance Team contributed background vocals and dancing.
Backstage too, SHD Group employees wearing original sweatshirts inscribed with the word “wa” assisted with logistics, including providing reception and venue guidance services, underscoring how the concert is truly a group effort. At the end of the concert, all the performers and the entire audience sang “Tsubasa Wo Kudasai,” renewing their commitment to support the disaster areas and expand the support circle to the whole country.

ALWAYS 4-chome Choir
ALWAYS 4-chome Choir
CEO Hattori (center) with the ALWAYS 4-chome Choir, and the ALWAYS 4-chome Dance Team
CEO Hattori (center) with the ALWAYS 4-chome Choir, and the ALWAYS 4-chome Dance Team
The concert was also brought to the Ginza district.
The concert was also brought to the Ginza district.
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