Japan, We’ve Not Forgotten You – Jpop Charity Concert

From left to right: Naomi Suzuki, Ayako Nakanomori, Yuki Koyanagi and Mari Natsuki.

Four chart topping Japanese pop musicians, amongst other big names, will make a rare appearance in London on Tuesday 28th June 2011. They will perform at a charity concert held at McQueen in Shoreditch which aims to send further financial aid to Japan, while also offering encouragement not only to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami, but also to Japanese in England and across the world.

The pop artists are; Naomi Suzuki, an actress, singer and presenter from Japan who is also co-ordinating the event; Ayako Nakanomori, the former vocalist of NAKANOMORI BAND, one of Japan’s most successful girl-groups; the multi-million selling pop artist Yuki Koyanagi; and singer, actress (Spirited Away, Metal Gear Solid) and two time Japanese Academy Award nominee Mari Natsuki.

“I hope that bringing these world famous artists together will send encouragement to the victims in Japan. It will show them that there are people from all over the world who are caring and supporting Japan,” states Suzuki.

The four will perform separately on the night, and unite to form a special unit to sing the charity single ‘HOME’, the CD of which will be given away free with every ticket. The lyrics to this song were partly composed over Twitter between Suzuki and a victim who had lost his house in the tsunami. “His words captured the feelings of the people affected in a way I never could,” says Suzuki. “We are together, no matter how far we are apart.” The story caught the attention of the Japanese media.

Additional to big four Japanese pop singers will be award winning violinist Diana Yukawa, who will open the event. Her debut album entered the charts at number one in Japan and she recently supported classical Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins at Cheltenham Racecourse.

And if that’s not enough, the backing band is also full of world renowned musicians, including Simply Red guitarist Kenji Suzuki, Grammy Award winner Simon Hale, and perhaps Japan’s most recognised percussionist, Nobu Saito.

Tickets are on sale now for £12 (http://www.wegottickets.com/event/122265).

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About Tom Smith
Some say he's fuelled on nothing but energy drinks, and that when he visits Japan, he spends the whole time engaging the ground in an all too familiar way. But what we do know is that his words on the country's entertainment and culture find their way into NEO Magazine on a monthly basis, while everything else finds its way here. Be it quirky news item from the Land of the Rising Sun, or a story so gruesome it'd be rude not to pass it on, you'll find it here along with his general posts about life, work and most importantly play. And yes, he has had articles printed in the likes of MCV, GamesMaster, 360 Gamer and more, thanks for noticing.

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