Charity Concert for Balanced Environment
Restoration in Human Heart
ancient times, the shrine has been the source of inspiration for the Japanese
people. They would gather there, and every regional festival would be centered
round it. The tradition is still seen today. Shrines have another important
feature; no matter how large or small the shrine, or whether it may be located
in the most urban of places, they are always surrounded with trees. The trees
are called Chinju-no-mori (Forest of the Village Shrine) which signifies that
it is a sacred place, not an ordinary forest.
The Chinju-no-Mori Concert series started in July 2000.We gather
at the sacred forests and are awe-inspired by nature, reminded of the importance of the natural environment and of the environment of the human heart at the basis of it all. Since then, the concerts have been sending messages that re-acknowledge these important elements.
local executive committee is established approximately six months before the
event to organize this concert. Volunteers undertake the ticket sales and the
preparation of the venue.
Board of directors
The sound quality and the lighting of the concert are installed with the
same quality equipment as those used in concert halls. Lasers and other
special effects are used to the full. We hope these effects will leave
a long-lasting impression on the minds of the visitors who take part in
With the participation of the local people, I hope to share the feeling
of mutual achievement with the volunteers who gave their time to make it
that cannot be felt at usual concerts. I wish the Chinju-no-mori, its splendour
and the importance of the human heart will etch an impression on our minds
for years to come.
I hope to continue the Chinju-no-Mori Concert in many parts of Japan.
In the future
I wish to expand further and reach out to the Chinju-no-Mori all over
The contemporary world is very unbalanced, in terms of the natural
environment, social environment, wars and illnesses. I hope to create music
that overcomes religion, ideas, racism and borders to continue producing
a harmonious vibration to us all.
The core musicians are Shinji Harada and his band. They are joined by traditional
instrument players from the region such as taiko drummers, koto harp players,
shamisen players, children’s choirs and brass bands.
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