Kamaishi Kids to Sing "Thank You" Song As Rugby World Cup Opens

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Kamaishi, Iwate Pref., Sept. 18 (Jiji Press)--Children in Kamaishi, hit by the March 2011 temblor and tsunami, will sing a song they wrote to express their gratitude for assistance Friday, when the 2019 Rugby World Cup opens in Japan.

Elementary and junior high school children in the Iwate Prefecture city in northeastern Japan, a Rugby World Cup host municipality, created the song, "Arigato no Tegami #Thank You From Kamaishi." It opens with lyrics that goes, "Words of gratitude are not enough to express this feeling..."

Kamaishi children began creating the song in 2017, led by a group of 28 students from 14 schools in the city. The song was completed in December 2018, compiled from lyrics gathered from all of the schools' 2,000 students.

A composer in the prefecture wrote music for the song through discussions with the children.

The song has three verses. The first one is a message for people in Japan and abroad who supported the postdisaster reconstruction, the second for friends, and the third for family members.

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