With support from The Jerome Foundation and The NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre by the City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment in association with The New York Foundation for the Arts.
Japanese immigrant composer, Migiwa Miyajima, highlights stories of Japan’s 2011 earthquake survivors and her own journey through her music and a quote book.
"Have you ever thought about what "resilience" looks like in your life?" - Migiwa Miyajima
Have you ever thought about what "resilience" looks like in your life?
This question has pushed me forward, and now I am finally here, sharing with you stories of "resilience" through beautiful words and original music based on the stories of real people. People who have demonstrated Unbreakable Hope and Resilience.
I am composer Migiwa Miyajima. I am also one of the survivors of the Great East Japan earthquake in 2011. It was an unbelievable tragedy where many lives were lost and many are still missing to this day. I moved to New York in 2012 and as part of my healing process, I started interviewing survivors and volunteers who also experienced this event first hand. Over time, I collected 15 individual life stories.
Every interview knocked me out … because everyone shared encouraging and empowering words about life despite having lived through the challenging experiences. It was the most powerful life lesson I have ever had. Even after witnessing unspeakable tragedy, their words spoke of peace and happiness as they moved forward and are now walking their life paths again.
I now want to share these stories with the world focusing on the beauty and resilience of the human spirit in the face of tragedy.
I realized that the best way to express these stories and feelings was through a combination of words (quotes from the survivors themselves) and of course, through music. I truly hope these two components of this project give you some inspiration about life. Join me to make the impact even stronger!
Migiwa Miyajima Composer, Producer, Interviewer of this project