J-Summit New York – Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund

Credit by Jefferies Herrera

By Bak Keung Ko

On July 7th, J-Summit New York held its 16th music benefit concert to help fundraise for the Japan 3/11/11 earthquake and tsunami disaster. Held at Bowery Electric in Chinatown, various Japanese artists from all over NYC performed different styles of Japanese music for all to enjoy.

This concert’s line-up included:

1. Aki (singer)
2. Yujin Amano (blues/rock)
3. Sumie Kaneko’s J-Trad & More (traditional Japanese/Jazz)
4. LUST (J-rock)
5. MEGUMI (singer)
6. NOB (singer)
7. ReniReni (pop)
8. Shinsei (v-kei)
9. TANGA (r&b/pop)

The event was also noted to be a Tanabata special. Tanabata (七夕), also known as “Evening of the Seventh”, is a Japanese star festival celebrating the meeting of two deities, Orihime and Hikoboshi, who were only allowed to meet once a year on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month. The origin of the story came from China’s Qixi Festival (七夕節), which was later adopted into Japan in 755. With 5+ hours of music, fans and people alike were guaranteed a great performance!

This time, J-Summit raised $137, which was sent to the Consulate General of Japan. The next J-Summit event will be on September 1st, 6PM at the Bowery Electric so if you missed any of the previous sixteen events, you can plan to attend the next one!

For more info: http://www.jsummitny.com/

Credit by Jefferies Herrera


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