Project #14117

Soma Children's Orchestra and Chorus

by Friends of El Sistema Japan


This project, the first El Sistema-inspired program in Japan takes place in Soma, Fukushima, one of the disaster areas of the East Japan Great Earthquake and Tsunami in March 2011, and serves the area's children who have been affected by that great tragedy by instructing and engaging children in a classical orchestral and chorus music education programs inspired by Venezuelan El Sistema's core values, such as teamwork, peer learning and joy.
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4,000 children in Soma have suffered traumatic stress caused by earthquake and tsunami as well as the subsequent nuclear accident since March 2011. Although the radiation dose is relatively low in Soma, their daily activities are still restricted.


Music itself can heal children. In addition, through this orchestral and chorus music education program, at least 300 children aged between 7 and 15 will directly have the benefit while 2000 children get an indirect benefit through the music classes as a part of the regular curriculum.

Long-Term Impact

Through our El Sistema inspired lessens learned in group activities, child can take pride and gain confidence in themselves with lively attitude, which are benefits that can spread beyond the classroom to parents and the community, resulting in positive social change in Soma.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


http:/​/​​top_e.html article on Soma project (English)
Rising Sun article on Soma project (English)
Facebook page (Japanese and English)
The Ensemble August 2012 (Soma project referred)

Organization Information

Friends of El Sistema Japan

Location: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo - Japan
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Yutaka Kikugawa
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Japan

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