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2020/3/6
Hello Seattle friends.
I am very sad to inform you that the Smile for Japan 2020 Concert was canceled, due to the coronavirus concern, which also caused a cancelation of my travel to US.
I am very shocked that Seattle has been severely affected by this malady.
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I was anxiously looking forward to participating in this special concert and am deeply sorry for any trouble and distress this might cause you.
I just really appreciate your support and willingness for this charity event.
One positive thing is that we are planning on a concert a year from now in 2021, which will be a memorable year, a decade after the 2011 Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami.
Thanks again for your cooperation and I am so sorry for the letdown.
I hope that you and your family stay healthy and safe and I will definitely see you all next year!


Jan. 2, 2020
"Paean to Four Seasons in Kuzumaru"
https://youtu.be/jyf5KKBz08s

Words by Hiroshi Itagaki
Composed by Sumiko Sato
Sung by Muneyuki Sato


Kuzumaru is a name of a river running through Hanamaki, Northeastern Japan. Every winter, a giant ice pillar on the riverside called “Taroshi” is measured by a local, Hiroshi Itagaki who wrote the lyrics of "Paean to Four Seasons in Kuzumaru".
There are also a dam and a monument park nearby that were once visited by a respected poet, Kenji Miyazawa. Mr. Itagaki asked Sumiko to write music over the lyrics. This song is sung by a local choir at the Kuzumaru Festival every autumn.
This clip by singer Muneyuki Sato was recorded at the Hanamaki Koto Soyo-kai Memorial Concert on August 25, 2019. Rare recording, can be heard here only!


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