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We Dit It Again ! 

Yes, we did it again !
The concert was fabulous !
You guys were fantastic !
Thank you so much !

The photos during the concert can been seen at:
www.japanuschorus.org

Also, I am pleased to inform you that the donation collected during the concert for "Bridge Across The Pacific Project" is $933.50.
Thank you very much for your generous contribution and support.

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Join us to support "Bridge Across The Pacific" Project 

A Series of Performances by The Boys & Girls Choir of Harlem Alumni Ensemble at Homeless Shelters in Tsunami-Stricken Iwate Prefecture, Planned for Nov.21 - Nov.25, 2012


[Objective]

To mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Japanese scientist, statesman, educator and author Inazo Nitobe by bringing the comfort and inspiration of performances by the Harlem Alumni Ensemble to the many residents of Iwate Prefecture who are still living in homeless shelters as a result of the 3.11.2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Donantions will be used to cover the Alumni Ensemble's airfare, ground transportation and accoomodations.

[Background]

Dr. Inazo Nitobe was born in Iwate in 1862. His classic work, "Bushido: The Soul of Japan" (1900), is among the most influential books by a Japanese author. Written to clearly explain Japanese culture and samurai ethics to western readers, "Bushido" was embraced by Theodore Roosevelt (who bought 60 copies for family and friends) and has been read by countless diplomats and government leaders, including presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama prior to visits to Japan. A self-described "bridge across the Pacific," Nitobe dedicated his life to the development of US-Japan understanding and goodwill.

Circle Wind pianist Rikako Asanuma, also born in Iwate Prefecture, had performed widely as a soloist and chamber musician in Japan and the US, including performances with the Boys & Girls Choir of Harlem from 2000 to 2005. After the 3.11 tragedy, Ms. Asanuma contacted members of the Alumni Ensemble and held successful benefit concerts for Iwate. More recently, inspired by the call by Mayor Futoshi Toba of Rikuzen-Takada (Iwate) for "mental support" for survivors, Ms. Asanuma called on the Alumni Ensemble once again, and they are willing to fly to Japan to perform at homeless shelters throughout the coastal area of Iwate.
Circle Wind is proud to champion this effort under the Circle Wind Memorial Concert umbrella, and seeks your support. (Ask for "Prospectus for Bridge Across the Pacific Project", if you need more information)

[Tentative Schedule]

The Alumni Ensember would leave New York on Nov. 21, arrive in Japan on Nov.22, and over a 4-day period would perform at shelters or schools in Rikuzen-Takada, Ofunato, Kamaishi , Miyako and Omoto before returning to New York on Nov. 26th.

[Donations]

Please send your check to:
9.11 Circle Wind Memorial Concert (NPO)
6 Aster Ct., Paramus, NJ 07652
(Make payable to 9.11 Circle Wind Memorial Concert)

[Inquiries]

Mike Shirota
Concert Director
Circle Wind Concert
mike.s@mushroomwisdom.com
973-470-0010 (day)
201-264-5825 (cell)
http://kazenowa911.blog6.fc2.com
www.japanuschorus.org