A Tribute Song for Japan: The Song of Rising

Please enjoy and share the music video of “Fukkatsu no Uta” – “The Song of Rising,” written by BTMM Associate Professor Jack Klotz. It offers a message of hope, as well as a way the world can continue to support those still suffering from the disaster. The song is sung in Japanese and the video provides an English translation of the lyrics.  This animated video was created by Temple staff member Naoko Masuda and undergraduate Tyler School of Art student Natsumi Kitano.

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If you like this song, you can make a gift of any amount in support of the Temple Japan Relief Fund (description of the fund below) and get a free download of the song. To make a gift, click the link below:

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About the Temple Japan Relief Fund

On March 11, 2011, the lives of countless people in Northeastern Japan changed forever when an earthquake and tsunami decimated the region and sparked a nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

In the wake of the disaster, Temple University created the Temple Japan Relief Fund to help those most impacted by the devastation of the earthquake and tsunami, including Japanese students studying at Temple campuses, as well as students, staff, faculty and their families in Japan experiencing the hardships of being displaced from housing or experiencing food, health or financial challenges. It also serves to provide funding for financial aid for students studying in disaster areas in Japan who would like to continue pursuing a university degree at one of Temple University’s campuses.

Over the past year, four Japanese students affected by the disaster have benefitted from the generosity of those who have supported the fund.  The students from Miyagi and Chiba prefectures who suffered economic hardship as a result of the March 11 disasters are currently attending classes at Temple’s Japan Campus in Tokyo.

While much progress has been made, there is still a long journey ahead for the people of Northeastern Japan and Temple will continue its efforts to assist in any way possible.

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