About 80 students coming from Japan’s areas that were hit by a violent earthquake and tsunami in 2011 gave a concert in New York last week, in order to express their gratitude for the help received in rebuilding the region.
The Japanese students from five high schools in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures sang Verdi’s “Requiem” on Friday, at Lincoln Center, together with a choir of around 100 singers from New Jersey, according to Kyodo news agency. A similar concert was held last year too, in March.
Wakana Yuda, one of the students, is 17 years old and studies at Asakareimei High School in Fukushima. She told the audience after the concert that the buildings of her school were damaged in the disasters but she and her classmates have continued to keep practicing their song in the music room that remained unharmed.
“Many people worldwide have given us their strong support and cooperation for reconstruction. We are eternally grateful for that,” she said, according to the local press.
“Many people are working hard for reconstruction (from the disasters). I am glad we were also able to show our strength on a (big) stage like this,” Kana Murakami, another student, said.
During the concert, the performers and the audience held a moment of silence for the victims of the disasters.