Japan 011: Lest we forget…

Following up the piece I did on July 3rd I’ve just been checkin’ in on Toshio Matsuura’s blog and copied off a little post he dropped on the 26th July while still reeling from the impact of another quake. The ever diligent marathon running DJ/producer/broadcaster is off to help lift the spirits of the people in the devastated Tohoku region.

“I’m sure there were many people in Tokyo who were awaken by the
aftershock early this morning. It was still dark, but I dashed to the
record room to make sure my records were safe.

Since it was the biggest aftershock since the earthquake in March,
I’m sure the tremor felt in Miyagi prefecture was worse than in Tokyo.
All of you in the Tohoku region, please take care.

The month of July is coming to an end and this weekend will mark four
and a half months after the quake. I will be visiting the Tohoku region
again this weekend.

In mid April, I saw on TV how soccer players of my generation were
visiting the stricken area. That triggered me to tweet “I will DJ for charity
in the Tohoku area” on twitter. 3 months since then, my Tohoku tour will
finally take place.

I will participate in events throughout the Tohoku region for 3 nights in a
row. First will be “Tohoku Jazz Meeting” which is an important event
where DJs from the 6 prefectures of the Tohoku region will come together
in Akita. Also, I will appear at Vinyl Diz, a great store in Sendai that I visited
on my previous trip to the Tohoku region, and Players Café in Morioka
which I haven’t visited in years.

Mainly I’ll play jazz, but also new and old songs that I think is fresh.
I truly want to bring music and love to the region.

I hope local residents as well as people traveling or visiting their homes in
the Tohoku region can come to the event.

I hope to enjoy music and discuss about “the future of the Tohoku region”
with all of you.

See you all this weekend in Tohoku.”


About Paul Brad

Freelance journalist / Publisher / Editor - Straight No Chaser magazine / Editor - L FM : Broadcasting In A Pandemic - Gilles Peterson (Worldwide FM) / Publisher: From Jazz Funk & Fusion to Acid Jazz: A History Of The UK Jazz Dance Scene by Mark 'Snowboy' Cotgrove / Music Fan: Interplanetary Sounds: Ancient to Future / Cultural Event Consultant & Activist / Nei Jia practitioner
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