Thursday, December 5, 2013

"Furusato" is the most beloved Japanese folk song. The message is poignant and nostalgic, bringing tears to Japanese eyes whenever it is sung. Over the two and a half years of survivor care in Tohoku, we watched as the song's meaning deepen for the survivors of 3/11. Even though many have come to terms with their lives now, there is still a deep longing to return to what has been lost, ie. family, home, communities, jobs, etc..."Furusato" has become an anthem for the folks in Tohoku. The counselor in me can only be happy as it gives them a chance to grief a little bit every time they sing it.
It was no surprise to learn that a Christian wrote the song. The tune was taken from the inspiration of old hymns. The composer actually intended "Furusato" to be a song about heaven. The words bring to mind the quote of C. S. Lewis, "If I find in myself a desire which no experience in the world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world."

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