A Trace Of The Sun: Volunteering In Japan (Documentary)

Last year, two months after the tsunamis hit Japan, American songstress Sara Bareilles boarded a flight to Japan for the first time to perform a benefit concert. During her time there, she and her bandmates also volunteered with All Hands Volunteers to help clean up the destruction and debris in the city of Ofunato. Watch this eye-opening documentary to see what happened during her experience.

Sara Bareilles is an under-rated musician and human being. I personally love her music and one of my favourite songs (ever) is from her debut record, “Little Voice”. Most people will know her from her smash hit ‘Love Song‘, but many thought she was just a one hit wonder, because she never made that big of an impact in Australia. That’s really unfortunate in my opinion.

When I received this video in my inbox, I knew that it was something I had to watch immediately. And thank goodness I did.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 12 months, you’ll know about the tragedy that happened in Japan last year. One year after the destructive earthquake and tsunami severely affected communities across north-east Japan, the signs of recovery are clear. Most of the debris has been removed. Shops and businesses are gradually reopening in many places, and people are rebuilding their communities.

One year on, American songstress Sara Bareilles has released this documentary about her first time in Japan. Watch as we see Bareilles perform a benefit concert as well as volunteer her time to “make a difference” in the city of Ofunato. Get a first hand look at the selfless individuals of All Hands Volunteers who put aside their time to help others – everyday.

Read on to see how Sara felt about her time in Japan:
“It was absolutely incredible. My experience in that beautiful country was bittersweet, as we arrived a mere 2 months after the tragic Tsunami had occurred. In addition to spending time and energy simply celebrating the richly textured traditions and people that make up Japanese culture, we were also acutely aware of the fact that the country was suffering. It was palpable, and justified. But perhaps the most moving element of watching this nation begin to heal, was the stoic sense of honor and grace each person seemed to carry throughout it all. I will never forget how poised and gentile everyone was, in spite of their sorrow.”

Watching the beginning of this video and seeing the environment of the city, reminded me of my holiday to Japan, back in 2009. I miss it. This video will make you think twice about what you think “sucks” in your life. It’s musicians like Sara Bareilles that make me respect them as individuals too, not like some who have a charity foundation in their name but do and earn nothing for it (yes Kanye, I’m talking to you).

Please take some time out to watch this. And as Sara says, “Help out if you can. Japan needs your help.”

Arigato Gozaimasu