About the Suite
Suite For The Forgotten is an original composition that is dedicated to people who are currently living in Fukushima and its surrounding areas. The piece is comprised of three movements (I. Grief and Wrath, II. Wasururuka (Have you forgotten?), III. A Song for Children) The tragic Great East Earthquake and Tsunami occurred in Japan March 11, 2011. The disaster not only took thousands of people’s lives away but also caused The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants meltdown.
Due to high radioactive leakage from the plants, many people had to leave their hometowns. It has been said that some of those areas that have been contaminated by radiation will not be safe for habitation for the next fifty to a hundred years. There was also a report that the children’s thyroid tumor ratio in Fukushima has gone up much higher than normal. Since the earthquake in 2011, the total number of stress related deaths has reached to 1,660 in Fukushima. This number has exceeded the total death toll of 1,607 people who were directly killed by the earthquake and tsunami in Fukushima.
Even though Fukushima has been going through those on-going issues, I feel that they have been forgotten by the world. My hope is to keep raising awareness of severe hardship Fukushima will continue to face through publicly performing and presenting this work.
The first movement, Grief and Wrath, focuses on feelings of people in Fukushima who have been struggling with various problems caused by radiation leakage. The second movement, Wasururuka (Have you forgotten?), reflects my own sincere sympathy toward this incident. In this movement, I have applied an old Japanese poem included in Kanginshu, a collection of Japanese songs and ballads written by various authors about five hundred years ago. The final movement, A Song for Children, represents children in Fukushima who have been fighting against these extremely tough situations, yet have fountain of energy that gives us a light of hope for the future.
I. Grief and Wrath
II. Wasururuka (Have you forgotten?)