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5th Anniversary Memorial Concert for The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

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Remembering 3/11: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami 2011

On March 11, 2011, a magnitude-9 earthquake shook northeastern Japan, unleashing a savage tsunami. The result was over 15,891 confirmed deaths, mostly by drowning. More than 2,500 people are still reported missing today. More than 5,000 aftershocks hit Japan in the year after the earthquake, the largest being a magnitude 7.9. Today, residents are still recovering from the disaster and keeping their hopes up for the future.

The Japan Club of Sydney and JCS Rainbow Project are presenting a memorial concert event marking the 5th anniversary of The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th March 2016.

Over the two days, the wider Sydney community is invited to come together and show their support for our friends in Japan. The event programme centres on a celebration of Japanese culture, including traditional Japanese dance, music and performance, with cultural talks, and a cosplay event. The cultural celebrations will then culminate in a memorial concert, featuring international and Australian artists.

The events are spread over two venues in Manly: Manly-Warringa's oldest continuing church, St Matthews Church and the Corso Promenade.

Some of the events occurring over the two days include:

  • An opening speech by The Consul-General of Japan on March 11th at 4pm

  • At 14.46, Japan time,16:46 Sydney time on 11th March, organisers will link, via screen, to the official Fukushima commemoration in Japan, for a live one minutes silence

  • An exclusive message to Tohoku by Former Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, will be broadcast

  • A special commendation shall be awarded to the Australian Rescue Team, who attended the disaster zone of Tohoku, by students from Tohoku Uni

  • Students from Fukushima University will make speech who spoke at the UN Disaster Prevention Council

  • Mr Takeshi Matsunaga, 4th generation traditional potter from Namie-city in Fukushima will make a speech

  • Live performance by internationally acclaimed violinist Ms Ayako Ishikawa from Japan

  • Live concert by the celebrity singer and Pokemon voice over artist, Rica Matsumoto

  • Performances of traditional Japanese art and music by Japanese performers, including Japanese drums, samurai dance, traditional dance, Koto, Shakuhachi, imperial music, calligraphy, karate and traditional music

  • Cosplay contest

  • Photo exhibition of the Tohoku disaster areas

  • A booth where children play Japanese traditional toys

  • Traditional craft items from the Tohoku disaster areas will also be on display

    Participating artists include:

    Rica Matsumoto - Singer and Pokemon voice over artist

    Ms Ayako Ishikawa - An internationally acclaimed violinist, who has been supporting Tohoku by playing her violin

    Wadaiko Rindou - Japanese drumming ensemble. The team was established by master Toshi Nakamoto in 1996 Melbourne

    MOSAIC - Japanese Folk Dance Group, which formed 15 years ago with 17 members

    Satsuki Odamura - Japanese koto virtuoso, who has pioneered the teaching and performing of this ancient Japanese instrument in Australia

    Shigeki Sano - Gagaku is one of oldest forms of art music in the world. It uses three types of music instrument: stringed, wind and percussion.

    Ren Yano - Japanese traditional calligraphy SHODO artist. Artwork, 'Furusato" is a national property of Japan. He teaches SHODO at his RENCLUB

    Sydney Soran Japanese Dance Troupe - The group will perform their energetic Yosakoi Soran dance

    Full Moon Band - Band performing Japanese pop music and English standard rock music

    Kyokushin - Kyokushin means "the ultimate truth." It is rooted in a philosophy of self-improvement, discipline and hard training

    Bronwyn Kirkpatrick - A Shakuhachi player, a prize winner at the prestigious All-Japan National Music (Hogaku) Competition

    SARE - Sare a Sydney-based cosplayer who specialises in anime, manga and Japanese game cosplays

    Junko Hirabayashi - Junko learned Japanese dance in Tokyo and resides in Sydney. She performs regularly and holds workshop.

    QP☆Honey - QP☆Honey is a Japanese pop duet singer

    SAKURA Kids - Cheerleading team

    Makoto Tanaka - Japanese Folk Singer

    Sydney Sakura Choir - Sydney Sakura Choir was established in April 2014 in Sydney as a choir group with a repertoire of mainly Japanese songs

    Yu Ni On - In 2005, Graham Hilgendorf and Masae Isegawa formed Yu Ni On, a duet for taiko, percussion and more

    Izumi& The Ukulele Rainbow Band - The band will perform original songs to commemorate the Japanese disaster

    Endeavour Harmony Chorus - Australia's premier female a-cappella ensembles, Endeavour Harmony Chorus achieved a place in the Top 10, a first for an Australian Chorus at the world Chorus championships 2015

    ANCIENT CLAN - The band "ANCIENT CLAN" will perform great songs and a commemoration song

    DANCEKOOL STUDIO - Founded in 2002 as the first street dance studio of Sydney

    Wayne X - Wayne aims to merge modern yo-yo techniques with other artistic elements to deliver inspirational performances


    The full program of events can be viewed below:

  • 11th of March / Commemoration

    St Matthews Church

    [4PM ~ Free Entrance]

    4:00PM Ayako Ishikawa Violin

    4:46PM 1 min Silence

    5:00PM Commendations to the rescue team

    5:15PM Speech by Tohoku Students

    5:30PM Short Film

    6:00PM Ayako Ishikawa Violin

    6:30PM Choir, Calligraphy, Traditional dance

    7:00PM Japanese drum

  • 12th of March / Special Concert

    St Matthews Church

    [10AM ~ $20 Ticket (15yrs & over)]

    10:00AM Taiko

    10:15AM Calligraphy, Nihon Buyou, Speech

    12:00PM Choir, Gagaku, Koto, Shakuhachi, Karate

    13:30PM Ayako Ishikawa Violin Concert

    14:00PM Hip hop Dance, Pop music concert

    15:00PM Yo-yo, Cosplay contest

    16:00PM Rika Matsumoto Concert

    16:30PM Ayako Ishikawa Violin Concert

  • 12th of March / Charity Event

    Corso, Manly

    [10AM ~ Free Entrance]

    10:00AM Live Band, Kids Dance

    11:00AM Cosplay Attraction Game

    12:00PM Pop Music, Yo-yo, Pop Music

    13:30PM Folk Music, Ukulele Music

    14:00PM Bon Odori

    15:00PM Kids Cheer Leading

    15:30PM Soran Dance

    16:00PM Finish

    Tickets are now on sale for the Memorial Concert event and are priced $20 per person.

    To make a booking, please visit EventBrite and follow the prompts. As noted, the other events are FREE to attend.

    For more information on the event programme, please visit the official website.

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    When: Friday 11th and Saturday, 12th March 2016
    Where: St Matthew's Anglican Church & Corso Promenade, Manly
    Cost: $20 for 15 yrs and over
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