Japan says “Arigatou” To The World

kizuna project“The Youth-Exchange Project with Asia-Oceania and North America (Kizuna (bond) Project)” is a project run by the Japanese government with the objective of promoting other countries’ understanding with regards to Japan’s revival efforts in response to the Great East Japan Earthquake. The project invites young people from 41 different countries/regions in Asia-Oceania and North America, allowing them to participate in exchange programs, visit disaster-affected areas and engage in volunteer activities. It also involves sending young people from Japan to target countries/regions. Over 12,000 people are to become part of the exchange through this project.” –“About the Kizuna Project”, JICE

Rating: 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 (perfect 5 grins)
Posting this video in this blog may be 2 years late, but I don’t care because this is just too inspiring and touching.  On the 5th of February 2012, 500 middle-school students from Ishinomaki, Miyagi gathered together to perform this incredible song of gratitude to the world who helped them during the tragic earthquake that rocked East Japan.

I couldn’t help but cry as I watched the video.  The chorus of young voices tugged my heart, and the amazing musicality gave me goosebumps.  It’s such a beautiful song, and you can just feel the emotions of pure gratitude in the entire music.  They also thanked the nations in different languages.  I just sobbed when I read “thank  you” in my native language, Tagalog (Filipino), which is “Salamat”.

Near the end of the song, the students lift flags from all around the world.  What a sight!  It just makes me realize that when in times of great disasters, the world becomes one and the people become global citizens, ignoring official terms such as borders, in order to help one another.  Incredible, isn’t it?  Here is the video.  Enjoy, be touched and be inspired.


Uploaded by:  NPOkizunaproject

Links:
The Official Kizuna Project Website (Japanese)
The Kizuna Project on JICE (English)
Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) – Japanese
Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) -English


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