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4:32 pm - 03/12/2012

Temple Students And Professor Compose Song For 1-Year Anniversary Of Japanese Earthquake

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - To mark the one year anniversary of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, a Temple University professor collaborated to create a song and animated video to encourage those who are still dealing with its aftermath.

“‘Fukkatsu No Uta,” that’s the Japanese title. The English translation is ‘The Song of Rising.’”

Temple grad Naoko Masuda says the idea for the song came a few weeks after the tsunami, when she and a few friends hosted a Japanese-style party for Temple professor Jack Klotz. When the group told Klotz how the disaster impacted their families and friends in Japan, Klotz, who is also a musician, says he was moved.

“Our new friends’ story made all those horrific images we were seeing last year, it gave them all a more personal quality. We wanted to send a message, you know, don’t give up! You can get through this. “

So Klotz worked with Masuda and her friends from Japan to produce the song. Masuda then worked to create an animated video that translates the Japanese lyrics.

“It’s important for people who are really affected by it to know that people outside of Japan pay attention to what’s still going on,” says Masuda.

Klotz and Masuda say they hope to use the song and video to get donations for Temple Japan students affected by the disaster. To watch the video, visit (Through this link, in the info, you can also donate whichever amount you desire, and you'll get a free download of the song!)

Source: CBS News Philadelphia / Vimeo

Since there was a post like this earlier, I decided to share this one too! This is from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which I attend. I also participated in the project by providing my vocals for the chorus along with many others~ Temple University is also known for having a campus in Tokyo, so we had several students who were directly affected by the disaster, they completely lost everything as well for the lives of some of their relatives. Temple U has helped out a lot by contributing towards Japan, and we still hold several fundraisers to help with all the people who are still suffering. I hope you like it!
clara_maria 12th-Mar-2012 08:47 pm (UTC)
oh - this is beautiful ♥

I shared it with my friends on fb - a lot of them are from Japan living here in Germany - we also did charity work and spend yesterday the whole day in a park to remind of last years tragedy and thank the people of our town for their help.

Thank you
dreamin_sunrise 12th-Mar-2012 09:03 pm (UTC)
Such a nice song and I love the hand-drawn style in the animation.

Thanks for all the info on what Temple's been doing♡ haven't been able to attend the last couple years so I had no idea. Bookmarked the donation link so I can donate asap!!
inachan89 12th-Mar-2012 09:43 pm (UTC)
lovely project,u really put your heart into it^^
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prismboy 13th-Mar-2012 12:03 am (UTC)
Oh! What's your major? He's hasn't been my professor yet but I'm a BTMM major so I'm pretty sure I'll have him soon. :) However, I did have him as a guest speaker in one of my classes. He's pretty awesome.

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earenwe 12th-Mar-2012 10:19 pm (UTC)
I'm on my phone so I can't watch it now but I just know that I'll love it and appreciate all of the thought that went into it. These projects really warm my heart.
ohprecioustime 12th-Mar-2012 10:36 pm (UTC)
the song is really pretty
leana9101 12th-Mar-2012 10:55 pm (UTC)
I actually just got accepted to Temple U so this is really cool to know ^^
prismboy 13th-Mar-2012 12:03 am (UTC)
Congrats! Maybe I'll see you around soon. :)
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samiilove74 12th-Mar-2012 11:43 pm (UTC)
wow,it is so wonderful!I'm a Temple student in Philadelphia campus and this professor just makes me feel prouder of my school.
prismboy 13th-Mar-2012 12:06 am (UTC)
Nice to know there's another Temple U student here in arama! :D
asaphira_sachi 13th-Mar-2012 12:35 am (UTC)
Something as wonderfully creative as this is too good for arama tbh. (in short: it's beautiful and touching)
sandster101 13th-Mar-2012 02:38 am (UTC)
powerful song with beautiful animations :))
senshicalico 13th-Mar-2012 03:50 am (UTC)
Very lovely. It's great that you guys did this.

But I can't be the only one who swore that was Maaya Sakamoto, lol.
whited_79 13th-Mar-2012 06:53 am (UTC)
lovely! thanks for sharing...:)
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