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[Blog Post] 8 Years From Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011...

March 07, 2019

[Blog Post] 8 Years From Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011...

The Great East Japan earthquake was occurred in Japan on March 11th, 2011.

8 years have passed since 2011.  

Tsunami and nuclear power plant's accident hit the residents from Tohoku area.  

People who suffered from the disaster have evacuated to the evacuated spot around their hometown. 

Let's pray silently for the victims and hope the recovery of Tohoku....

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I saw a documentary movie titled BON-UTA A SONG FROM HOME at theater in Kyoto in this week. 

The movie features FUTABA BON-UTA, which is a song told from generation to generation in Futaba town in Fukushima, Tohoku. This song was sung with the sound of taiko drums and fue flutes by local people at bon odori dance (People dance to pray for their ancestors). Futaba is a town, where the nuclear power plant's accident occurred and people from Futaba are forced to live near city or temporally housing and cannot back to their hometown without permit due to the accident. People from Futaba feel missed their hometown and hope to perform bon odori dance in their hometown again in the future. One day, they heard that people who immigrated to Hawaii from Fukushima over 100 years ago told old bon odori dance there and it still has been danced by local people as Fukushima Ondo. Members of bon odori dance from Futaba went to Maui island, Hawaii to seek for the possibility to tell their bon odori dance song to the next generation...

Trailer

The movie moves various places beyond the time. People in each period and place face many troubles but they find and love their irreplaceable hometown with friends, families, and their culture. 

I'm so impressed by a lot of memorable scenes and words in the movie. 

There are a lot of taiko performance scenes throughout the movie. The players really look happy to play from the bottom of their heart. It really sticks in my head. 

Do you enjoy playing taiko? There are a lot of things that the taiko attracts people. Some likes to play taiko because it's cool, the others like to play taiko because it reminds them of their roots. It becomes a good opportunity to think about what the taiko means to me. What does the taiko mean to you? I hope you love to play taiko and it makes you happy anytime. 

 

On this Sunday, we will play a taiko piece, Michinoku with a hundred of players to pray for Tohoku. We hope it makes people feel encouraged. 




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