The Tohoku earthquake which stuck Japan a year ago, on March 11 2011 was the most powerful known earthquake to hit the country. Registering an unfathomable 9MW on the richter scale, it shifted the world on its axis, literally. On a human scale the carnage was inconceivable; 15,850 deaths, 6,011 injured and 3,287 people missing in a disaster the Japanese Prime Minister called the ‘toughest and most difficult crisis for Japan’ since the WWII. A year on and Nihon Kizuna, who released a compilation album to raise money for the victims has collaborated with Tempo Clash and CAMP to host a twin fundraiser in London and Tokyo.
The London branch on Saturday March 11 (3pm-midnight) will feature all the UK musicians that appeared on Kizuna’s initial compilation, while a simultaneous event in Tokyo (5-11pm) will feature eight of the Japan-based artists. Together there’ll be a near continuous 15 hours of live music, including sets from Om Unit, Paper Tiger, Mr Beatnick and Sert One. Entrance is £5 (though more if you wish) but if you can’t make it, both the Tokyo and London gigs will be streamed live.
Meanwhile for the year anniversary, the Japan Society have organised the first European showing of a film that deals with the legacy of the Great East Japan Earthquake at the Princess Anne Theatre on March 14. Written and directed by Stu Levy (a Tohoku disaster volunteer), ‘Pray For Japan’ focuses on four different perspectives of the tragedy from schools and shelters to families, and rescue volunteers. Didi Mae Hand