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About "quiet night in Fukushima"

The night I came back to Fukushima after the earthquake, it was very quiet with a beautiful moon. But it was also a night that I realized that there is no return to the past world while the radioactive material keeps on falling.

I remembered my feeling of the very night when I listened to Ryuichi Sakamoto’s ‘ quiet night’, a song he contributed for a project that I am committed to called “DIY FUKUSHIMA”. I wanted to pitch these emotions I have into this piece.

It has been 3 months since the disaster.

A night in Fukushima is still quiet and beautiful.
- Otomo Yoshihide

Otomo Yoshihide

Otomo was born in Yokohama in 1959. He spent his teenage years in Fukushima.

He has been actively creating numerous varieties of parallel works, and his range of activities has spread across the globe. Otomo has demonstrated an exceptional talent as a composer of movie/TV soundtracks and has produced over 60 original soundtracks.

In recent years, he has been producing new musical works and live performances founded under the name of ‘ensembles’, in which he collaborates with a vast range of people and talents. He has also been making a strong effort to produce music workshops, and other types of public projects for children with disabilities through the language of music and art. After 311, he launched a project called “FUKUSHIMA!” ( which keeps him very busy running between Tokyo and Fukushima, which has been afflicted by on-going radioactive disaster caused by the Nuclear Energy Plant accident. Otomo has published books in the past years including ?“MUSIC” (Iwanami Shoten), “Otomo Hideyoshi’s JAMJAM Diary” (Kawade Shobo), “ENSENBLES” (Getsuyo Sha) and others.