Earthquake Rehabilitation Support Song “Hana wa Saku”

UPDATE (April 28, 2012): Jackets added.
UPDATE (April 24, 2012): Track list added.
UPDATE (April 3, 2012): PV added.
UPDATE (March 13, 2012): CD and DVD release details added.

NHK announced that they will publish a song entitled “Hana wa Saku [trans: Flowers are Blooming], composed by Kanno, with lyrics by Shunji Iwai. As many would remember, a strong earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan last year, and affected the home town of our dear Yoko Kanno. They will be publishing this song as the first year commemoration of the earthquake, and the proceeds of the song will go to the rehabilitation of the affected areas.

Shunji Iwai is also from the Miyagi Prefecture. Singing for this piece are 33 (and counting) singers, actors, actresses, and sports figures who come from Miyagi, Iwate, and Fukushima. You may check the confirmed list here in Oricon News.

There will be a concert entitled “A Year from the Earthquake, A Concert to Tomorrow” on March 11, 2012 which marks the first year since the earthquake struck, in which this song will be performed.

They said that the music recording is done, and they are currently in the process of recording the vocals. There will also be a music video with the singers, directed by Shunji Iwai, the lyricist who is also a director.

Release Details:

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Release Title: NHK “Ashita e” Higashi Nihon Daishinsai Fukko Shien Song Hana wa Saku [Regular Edition]
Release Date: May 23, 2012
Price: Y952 (Y1000 Tax incl.) [approx. USD $11.42]
Purchase from CDJapan.




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Release Title: NHK “Ashita e” Higashi Nihon Daishinsai Fukko Shien Song Hana wa Saku [with DVD, Limited Edition]
Release Date: May 23, 2012
Price: Y1429 (Y1500 Tax incl.) [approx. USD $17.1]
Purchase from CDJapan.

Track List:

CD/DVD Release:
1. Hana wa Saku (Sang by the Hana wa Saku Project)
2. Hana wa Saku (Sang by AKB48′s Karen Iwata)
3. Hana wa Saku (Sang by Members from The Little Singers of Tokyo)
4. Hana wa Saku (Instrumental)

DVD First Press Bonus:

1. Hana wa Saku (Original Full Version)
2. Hana wa Saku with AKB48′s Karen Iwata singing
3. Photos and Videos of “Hana wa Saku”

4 Responses to “Earthquake Rehabilitation Support Song “Hana wa Saku””

  1. Xard Says:

    Wow, awesome.

    Can’t wait!!!

    Shunji Iwai is really cool too (for anyone interested check out Lily Chou Chou at least, a great film for sure). Just great.

    ANN has list of involved performers: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2012-02-25/yoko-kanno-writes-song-to-mark-march-11-quake-anniversary

    Iwate Prefecture: Chikaco Sawada, Masao Sen, Sayaka Nakaya (AKB48), Kenji Niinuma, Hiroaki Murakami, Erika Yamakawa

    Miyagi Prefecture: Shizuka Arakawa, Hiroshi Ikushima, ikemen’s, Karen Iwata (AKB48), Kohei Otomo, Eiko Kano, Caoli Cano, Ikumi Kumagai, Muneyuki Sato, Sandwichman, Mayo Suzukaze, Kyōka Suzuki, Masatoshi Nakamura, Katsuya Nomura, Miyuki Hatakeyama, Maggy Shinji, Kumiko Mori, Keaki Mori, Mimori Yusa

    Fukushima Prefecture: Kumiko Akiyoshi, Tomio Umezawa, Cha Kato, Yuki Kadokura, B-saku Sato, Toshiyuki Nishida, Naoyuki Harada, Takeshi Honda

  2. Ramar Americo Says:

    MINA SAN. KONITCHIWA. AMERICO DESU. BURAJIRU KARAKIMASHITA. SUKUOSHI NIHONGO o HANASHIMASU. WATASHI WA ONGAKUKA DESU, SUISU DE SUNDEIMASU. 2012 SAN GATSU DJIU NANA WA ONGAKU O SHIMASU. KORE WA FUKUSHIMA NI OKANE O SHITEIMASU. NIHON HE ITAKOTO GA IMASEN DEMO NIHON WA WATASHI NI ITCHI BAN NO KUNI DESU. GAMBARE … ramar.americo@hispeed.ch ….. RAMAR AMERICO

  3. ken Says:

    can you please give me the lyrics for hana wa saku in english please

  4. Swarles Yusuf Tandi Says:

    Spirit for Japan. We are from Indonesia always pray for you. We love you, Japan and you’re not alone… Spirit

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