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The Benefit Concert "Music for Japan" - May 5, 2011

It was on March 11th at 14:46 local time that the strongest earthquake in the history of Japan struck with a magnitude of 9 on the Richter scale. Within minutes, the quake triggered a destructive tsunami that hit the eastern coast of Japan with 10-metre-high waves and left entire cities destroyed thousands of people killed and still missing.


Help Japan

Together with my friend Ulrike Schneider we decided to organize a concert with the view to help raise money and support the Japanese Red Cross in their efforts in providing emergency relief and their reconstruction efforts.

The event took place at the prestigious Suk Hall, Rudolfinum in Prague and was held under the patronage of the Japanese Embassy in Prague. The Charity organisation Pink Crocodile acted as the local charity helping us in collecting the funds for the Japanese Red Cross.

Our sponsors included OLYMPUS, Erste Group Private Banking with Česká spořitelna a.s, Discovery Group and Evo Jet Services as well as Prague TV with its affiliate. Once again, a big thanks to them.

Great musicians performed at the event: soprano Michiyo Keiko, the two pianists Jan Frank and Jaroslav Saroun, the Japanese School Choir of Prague and of course myself.

And last but not least, we had a wonderful supporting audience who helped us create a memorable evening!


Bibi Pelić


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Thank you letter from the Japanese Ambassador:


Help Japan

Dear Ms.Pelic,

Allow me to on behalf of the Japanese people wholeheartedly thank you for organizing the charity concert to help victims of the earthquake, which struck on March 11 the Tōhoku region and the Pacific.

From the moment of this terrible disaster we are receiving sincere outpour of sympathy and help from the Czech government and people and throughout the Czech Republic numerous charity events are held. The Japanese people are very touched by this support and accept it with deep gratitude.

With the help of the international community, Japan is determined to face this unprecedented disaster and reach recovery.

Finally, let me mention the last message from the prime minister of Japan Naoto Kan following one month since the earthquake. The message is meant for those that have helped Japan. Allow me to send this message together with my letter.

Sincerely yours,

Chikahio Harada

Ambassador of Japan in the Czech Republic


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