Remembering the Japan Earthquake 5 Years Later

Hello Dear Readers,

Today at the ol’ temple, we marked the 5th anniversary of the Great Tohoku Earthquake in Japan (March 11th). I’ve written about the earthquake a few times already, and I don’t have any useful insights to offer. Instead, I wanted to share a song written by Japan’s NHK TV station to commemorate the disaster called Hana Wa Saku (花は咲く, “Flowers Will Bloom”).  It is very popular in Japan, and my own daughter is practicing it for a charity concert in the coming weeks.

This is a bilingual version I found online (or click on direct link):

However, you can see the original NHK broadcast here (or click on direct link):

We sang this song in the congregation today, and I got a bit choked up.  I don’t understand the lyrics 100%, but I understood the sentiment enough, and it’s kind of hard to put thoughts on paper (or blog).  Instead, I think it’s better for everyone to listen to the song。

So, please enjoy and thanks for reading.


Author: Doug

A fellow who dwells upon the Pale Blue Dot who spends his days obsessing over things like Buddhism, KPop music, foreign languages, BSD UNIX and science fiction.

One thought on “Remembering the Japan Earthquake 5 Years Later”

  1. I’ve heard it many times, but never knew it was written for the earthquake, that certainly makes the lyrics feel way more touching, knowing that. It’s a lovely song indeed.

    I like elevato music’s cover – don’t know if you’ve heard of them before – they make lots of great ‘choir’ covers of popular songs. Unsuprisingly, their most popular upload is this song.


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