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Tsunami anniversary marked

Japan was devastated following a tsunami on March 11 last year. Residents are invited to mark the occasion and sing a song of hope in Coolangatta this week. This supplied pic is courtesy of Queensland Fire and Rescue Service and shows the impact of the disaster on March 13.
Japan was devastated following a tsunami on March 11 last year. Residents are invited to mark the occasion and sing a song of hope in Coolangatta this week. This supplied pic is courtesy of Queensland Fire and Rescue Service and shows the impact of the disaster on March 13. Photo supplied

IT'S been a year since the devastation of the Japanese tsunami and while the emotional aftershocks have subsided for most people here in Australia, many in Japan are still suffering.

The Japanese community on the Gold Coast and throughout Northern NSW will come together at the Coolangatta markets on the anniversary of March 11, this Sunday, as part of Kizuna Project 2012.

In Japanese, the word kizuna means bond.

At the markets, the group will sing a Japanese reconstruction support song by Japanese singer-songwriter Yoshiyuki Obi.

The song, called Namonai Kizuna (meaning nameless bond) will be sung in chorus in both English and Japanese and lyrics cards will be available.

Organiser Chisayo Lewis said the song would send cheer and hope to areas still struggling to recover from the disaster.

"We would wish that our voices could bring back hope to their life in any way," she said.

"Although each of us could be powerless, we believe that we could bundle a very strong support if people come together as a union to construct a kizuna."

The event will also include Japanese drumming and traditional dancing, origami and calligraphy.

All money raised on the day will be donated to Red Cross Japan.

Topics:  coolangatta, japanese tsunami


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