●Heavenese was featured on 3 TV shows while in L.A.
TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network) with its worldwide broadcasting featured Heavenese on its ever popular show, Praise the Lord. Marre and Kumiko were also featured on the shows, Hot Off the Press and Breaking Good News.
Click here to watch those shows.
Praise the Load
Hot Off the Press
Breaking Good News
[November 21, 2012 Update】
●November 2 found Heavenese at Grand Park in L.A.
for Cherry Blossom Centennial event.
Grand Park, which recently opened in downtown L.A., was the site for the Cherry Blossom Centennial. This event was held to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Japan's gifts of cherry trees to the U.S. and was co-hosted by Los Angels County, Grand Park, Japan Foundation, and the Consulate-General of Japan in Los Angels. Marre sang the Japanese national anthem and Kumiko the U.S. national anthem.
After the ceremony, Heavenese performed at Grand Park.
A number of people who had already seen Heavenese perform came by in addition to people who just happened to stop by on their way home from work. It was a great show.
Thanks to all who supported us and helped make this tour go well.
In total, we had 10 live shows, two in Kansas City and 8 in the L.A. area. We also did a couple street performances and appeared on worldwide broadcasted TV shows. A full report of this tour will be posted soon.
●Heavenese performed for the first time in Iwaki,
Fukushima prefecture at Park Fest.
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Park Fest is a monthly event held at Tairachuo Park in the city of Iwaki.
The performance was held outdoors, and all the electricity used was from solar power.
Heavenese's Shakuhachi(Bamboo flute) player, DK, is from Iwaki making this show more personal.Thanks to all who came out!
●We are coming back to America very soon!!
Don't forget Japan tour 2012
October 17 - November 4
[June 21, 2012 Update】
●Marre, the leader of Heavenese, recently wrote a book entitled
"Words from the Ancient Jewish Wisdom"
Soon after this book came out, it climbed to the top of the bestselling list at a large major bookstores. Two days after being released, the publisher had more copied printed bring the total to 56,000. It consists of paraphrased excerpts from the Bible that have been worded in a way that will draw Japanese people to the Bible. >>> Read more
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● Japanese and American national anthems sung by Marre and Kumiko
[November 17, 2011】
On November 17th, the Consulate-General of Japan in Los Angeles held a celebration to welcome the new Consul General and to celebrate the emperor's birthday. Marre and Kumiko, from Heavenese, were invited to participate in the celebration.
The new Consul General asked Marre and Kumiko to sing because he greatly appreciated their involvement with Kick Back Cafe and Heavenese in the relief effort in Rikuzen-Takata. Representing Japan, Marre sang Japan's national anthem, "Kimigayo." Kumiko sang the U.S.A's national anthem as a token of thanks to the U.S. for all their support. They both received many positive comments concerning their renditions of the anthems. One person said, "Your performances of the national anthems were very remarkable."
● Marre and Kumiko delivered a letter of thanks to the Consulate-General of Japan in Los Angeles from the city of Rikuzen-Takata
[November 15, 2011】
After the March 11th catastrophe, Marre and Kumiko were in L.A. and shared what was needed in the devastated areas. Many Japanese people in L.A. provided money and goods for the relief effort.
Knowing that Heavenese would be in L.A., the mayor of Rikuzen-Takata, Mr. Toba, had Marre and Kumiko delivered a letter of gratitude to the Consul General, Mr. Niimi.
● Offering to God Feast a Success
[October 9, 2011】
Sunday, October 9, 2011, Heavenese performed at the Offering to God Feast at Kurosaki Shrine in Rikuzen-Takata, Iwate prefecture which is held every four years.
Having lost floats, clothing for feast, and equipment in the tsunami, it was thought that only the shrine rituals would be performed this year and the popular traditional feast events would be excluded.
One of the main events in the fesat, Hashigo-Toramai, has been performed over 300 years, and the people who put it on were compelled to do it this year because of the difficulties everyone had been through. This was just another step forward in the rebuilding process. At the feast there were more people than in past years, and we saw the people's desire to rebuild and move on.
We are so thankful we had the opportunity to be part of this feast and to offer our sincere prayer to see this area and people restored.
● First in the history!!
"Offering to God" Live Concert featuring Heavenese at Local Shinto Shrine in Rikuzen-Takata[October 1, 2011】
We were invited by the official representatives of Local Shinto Shire to take part and perform as music offering to God in their upcoming most sacred traditional feast which is being held once in every 4 years. This year it is going to be held to help promote the reconstruction efforts and encourage people of the Rikuzen-Takata.
Shinto officials had attended our concert held in Rikuzen-Takata on August 15th and they approached us asking to be a part of the feast.
It is the very first historical event that Gospel group will partake a traditional Shinto feast as means of worship and offering to God in the form of Shintoism.
We are so honored to be accepted and acknowledged as
the music group suitable for the sacred feast which has a long history by the local Shinto Shrine.
This is going to be a great event, and we are really looking forward to sharing the Gospel message with all those attending.
● PACKED! HEAVENESE LIVE ＠Shibuya[September 27, 2011】
Thank you for coming out!
● Gospel Fest in Rikuzentakata (affected city) went really well [August 15, 2011】
Many people showed up and really seemed to enjoy our performance.
Some of the people showed their appreciation with tears in their eyes saying " your music brought us joy of life even though everything was taken away by the Tsunami."
Others said " Your words have encouraged me" So many of them showed their appreciation for our effort but in reality we are the one who should appreciate them for showing us such a wonderful example of being so persevering in great tribulation.
● HEAVENESE concert well received
at local summer festival [August 3, 2011】
Our local community, Sengawa, had a summer festival August 3rd, and it featured Heavenese.
For th last 6 years, Heavenese has performed at the main venue of this festival which due to the stage size limited their performance. However, this year they were featured at a secondary venue, Sengawa Theater, which enabled them to do their full show.
Sengawa Theater was filled to capacity with local people.
● PACKED！ HEAVENESE LIVE @ Hamamatsu
[May 14, 2011】
Although it was the first time ever for the HEAVENESE band to perform in its "Yamatodamashii" style, with Japanese taiko drums and shamisen, outside of Tokyo, the venue was packed with people of all ages, from small children to elderly people. It was quite a sight to see the whole audience stand and sing "halellujah chorus"
The event was reported in the local newspaper as well.
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