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  • Concert in the three prefectures of Tohoku
  • Concert in Tokyo

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 (Sat) in Shiogama City, Miyagi Prefecture, on July 23 (Sun) in Sukagawa City, Fukushima Prefecture, and on September 24 (Sun) ” in Rikuzentakata City, Iwate Prefecture.

Grand finale: a choral version of “Hana wa saku” by all the performers
Grand finale: a choral version of “Hana wa saku” by all the performers
The “Taimatsu Taiko Kowaka-kumi Senior Team” showing off their skills on Taimatsu drums.
The “Taimatsu Taiko Kowaka-kumi Senior Team” showing off their skills on Taimatsu drums.
Rikuzentakata Municipal Daiichi Junior High School’s Children choir
Rikuzentakata Municipal Daiichi Junior High School’s Children choir

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

On March 12 (Mon), 7 years after the Great East Japan Earthquake, Seiko organized the “Sound of 'Wa' Concert to Support Eastern Japan in a Spirit of Harmony 2018 in Tokyo” at Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Shibuya.

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

Prior to Tokyo, the concerts held every summer in 3 prefectures of the Tohoku region were held in July in Shiogama City, Miyagi Prefecture, and Sukagawa City, Fukushima Prefecture, and in September in Rikuzentakata City, Iwate Prefecture. In each occasion in Tohoku, choirs and brass bands from local junior and senior high schools, as well as amateur choirs and musicians showed off their skills performing and singing on stage. There were many opportunities for cordial exchanges, including one-time-only special collaborations between Norio Maeda and local musicians.

People offering silence prayers at the sound of the bell
People offering silence prayers at the sound of the bell

This year too, at 14:46, the exact time when the earthquake struck on March 11, many people offered a silent prayer for the disaster-stricken area at the sound of the “Bell of Prayer and Hope” in the Ginza/Wako clock tower. The store-front window was decorated with about 450 “Cherry Blossoms Cards” expressing encouragement for reconstruction efforts from the whole country.

The “Sound of 'Wa' Concert to Support Eastern Japan in a Spirit of Harmony 2018 in Tokyo” was held on the following March 12. This edition of “Sound of 'Wa' Concert to Support Eastern Japan in a Spirit of Harmony,” marked the 28th staging of the concert in the Tohoku region and Tokyo. The stage was decorated with about 600 “Cherry Blossoms Cards” expressing the hopes of disaster victims and supporters, and the venue was filled with more than 2,000 spectators.

The opening number was performed by the Seiko Dancers, consisting of Seiko employees, as the “Ginza Cancan Musume” who had supported post-war reconstruction efforts, followed by the Always 4-Chome Choir, also formed by employees, who sang the Seiko corporate song “Moving Ahead. Touching Hearts.”

Seiko Dancers
Seiko Dancers
Always 4-chome choir
Always 4-chome choir

Last year, EPO and the members of Circus, performing at concerts in 3 prefectures of the Tohoku region, sang in voices that reflected their emotions towards people in the affected areas. Machiko Watanabe, who this year celebrated the 40th anniversary of her musical career, showed off her vocal virtuosity by singing “Kamome ga tonda hi” in her powerful voice.

EPO
EPO
Circus performers
Circus performers
Machiko Watanabe
Machiko Watanabe
Norio Maeda
Norio Maeda

Norio Maeda, the driving force behind the concerts, played jazz compositions like “Sing, Sing, Sing” with the Windbreakers and the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra.

The first guest of the second part was jazz violinist Naoko Terai. She enraptured the venue playing passionate renditions of “Autumn Leaves” and “Spain.” Next, Junko Ohashi sang her love for the affected areas in passionate songs like “Silhouette Romance” and “Ai wa toki wo koete.”

Naoko Terai
Naoko Terai
Junko Ohashi
Junko Ohashi
Yutaro Miura
Yutaro Miura

Yutaro Miura, performing for the first time, sang in a clear voice "Sayonara no mukougawa', the song that his mother, Momoe Yamaguchi, sang on her last appearance on stage.

Wako’s store-front window decorated with "Cherry Blossoms Cards"
Wako’s store-front window decorated with "Cherry Blossoms Cards"

“Īi hi tabidachi,” sung by everyone, brought the venue together through the power of music and marked the end of this heart-warming concert.

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