A local Japanese choral group that practices at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Palo Alto has made a YouTube video to muster aid, raise awareness and bring comfort to the tragedy-stricken people of Japan.
The Choral Cosmos's roughly 4.5-minute video features the group performing "We Are the World." The group decided to create the video to encourage people to pray and make donations for Japan, member Kenji Nakai said.
"It is very simple yet very strong motivation for us (as a) singing group. My wish is that the real professional musicians start 'We Are the World 2011 Japan' and make a big donation/support," he said.
Nakai was born and raised in Kobe, Japan.
"All of my family and relatives are or were in Kobe. I know how and what it is about in the region when the big earthquake hits," he said.
"A friend of my wife's has a sister in Kesen-numa city. My wife was told by her friend that her sister has not been found yet. We tried to find the person by using Internet services -- e-mail, website, Twitter, Facebook, etc. Well, we have not heard any good news about her missing sister," he said.