26 Aug 2011

Shine On! Songs Volume One: Recording “Who I Want To Be” in Tohoku

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The Tyler Foundation has started a new support project by means of music called “Shine On! Songs.” This project is a collaboration with domestic and foreign artists who empathize with the Tyler Foundation. The Foundation supports Japanese children with childhood cancer and their families through various programs. All of the proceeds will be used to support the Tyler Foundation’s activities, beginning with providing aid to the children from the area affected by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake. Read more

24 Aug 2011

Tokai Shinpo newspaper story about recording for Shine On! Songs

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“Ame Ni Mo Makezu”  Children of Sakari Elementary participate in chorus musical recording in English

An English translation of Kenji Miyazawa’s classic “Ame Ni Mo Makezu,” was recorded at Sakari Elementary School in Ofunato City (principal: Isao Sato, students: 153) on the 23rd. This was part of a musical project put together by the Tyler Foundation, Read more

06 Aug 2011

Bringing Summer Smiles to Tohoku

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School kids in Tohoku got a summer break so in August, we visited daycare centers, kindergartens and special events. The Smile Ambassador performed twice during the Ofunato Tanabata Festival. Banks and shops on the local shopping street were all destroyed. Now this small shopping center became the center of Ofunato community and commerce. Some even call it the Shotengai.

06 Aug 2011

It’s HOT up north!

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It’s been HOT up in Tohoku! This drawing was made by a 5 year old girl in Ofunato. She was a little off on my waist line, but she was spot on with how much I was sweating!

30 Jul 2011

THANK YOU Maeda family!

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Much thanks to the Maeda family for lending us this GREAT tent!
The tent is pitched in front of a former elementary school near the mountain town of Sumita in South Central Iwate Prefecture – about 40 minutes from the coastal town of Ofunato. From Ofunato we reach up and down the coast to a broader Iwate population.