In 2015 KASA affiliates learned of how a small group of survivors evacuated to a coastal town after their homes were destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami of 2011. The group climbed to higher ground driven by survival and a will to locate displaced family members. 

This story of survival, hope, and making an impact resonated with us. A few local community members joined together around a warm fire just beyond a gov. temporary housing building. Then something amazing happened, a musician named Mr. Yamazaki asked the group to raise their voices in song to unite one another and thus the choir group named Utakkonokai was forged out of the chaos of the tragic events of March 11th.

The stories of this choir signing in small venues around the Kamaishi area connected with KASA's mission of sharing culture through the arts. These small yet meaningful acts of kindness by Mr. Yamazaki and his singing group continue to inspire us.

Join us in supporting this local community choir in Japan.

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