Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Gotemba Sister City Welcome Party for iSing

The city of Gotemba went ALL OUT to welcome the singing ambassadors of Beaverton.  We have seen generosity of spirit and humble respect demonstrated by the Japanese people over and over this week.  My heart is filled by the love that was poured out to us at this party.  It was a formal event.  The purpose of the formality was to emphasize the importance of a Sister City in it's power to change the world for the better, and to honor the longevity of this commitment of two citys of similar size on two sides of a vast ocean.

Everything about this party was top notch, but the BEST thing, the thing that turned it from a grand event to a great event, was THE MUSIC.  It was the music that brought everyone together in a way that nothing else in the world could have.  Oh, and THE FOOD--eating a very special meal together.  Put those two together and you have world peace.

After the meal,  iSing went up on stage and sang "Flowers Will Bloom", which was perfect because we did not perform that the night before.  As if that wasn't enough of a tear jerker, we then went out and sang Shenandoah in the round.  So many of them told us that they did not understand a single world in the piece, but it had brought them to tears the night before and this night as well.  There's something about that song that speaks the universal language of love.

Nic and Ona

Then they sang a song for us from their seats.  To wrap up the night they projected the words to Ue O Muite karaoke style, which we had performed the night before, and everyone sang the melody in unison together.  It couldn't have been more perfect.  Presents were exchanged all through the night.  Nobody went home unacknowledged or empty handed.

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