Lights of Japan
What the world needs now is the light of “Resilience.” With thanks to people all over the world, we would like to create things that serve as lights to the world. This film was created for “Japan Night,” a side event of World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012 at Davos.
I watched this video for the first time in June as a guest of the global communications strategist from the Prime Minister’s Office, who was giving a speech at the Forum on Corporate Communications. Afterwards I asked if the film were available on YouTube. It wasn’t. I went home and blogged about it on my Tokyo blog. Here is what I wrote then:
Come for the music. Stay for the story. This beautiful short film, Lights of Japan, must be seen by more people than those lonely few who visit the Japanese Government Internet TV site. I have a feeling Lights of Japan has been seen exclusively by a select group of the world’s elite cozying up at Davos. That’s not good enough. It must be seen by the masses, because it’s the elite and the masses who are going to rebuild Japan.
When I asked my Sophia students if they had seen the film, they all said no. Hmm, I thought. Why is this such a hidden gem? I realize that it was made for Japan Night at Davos, but it is a public domain film or it wouldn’t be linked to the Japanese government website.
I’m happy to report that it was just posted on YouTube where the global viewing audience is located. Watch the film and tell me what you think. What’s your favorite scene? Mine is that lengthy pause before Nobuyuki Tsujii starts playing the first notes on the restored piano. The classical music is extraordinary and the first time I watched this I had tears in my eyes. It is truly inspirational to watch the resilience of the Japanese people a year after the earthquake and tsunami. The message of resilience and hope is a message that is ripe for the world, so I hope the world will see this.