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I met some new friends recently, Masaki and Kat. My wife and I enjoyed a good bowl of ramen with this great couple a few days ago, along with mutual friends, who have been trying to introduce us for a very long time. The ramen was good, but the new friendships are even better.


As we talked about our lives and love for Japan, we realized that Kat McDowell is a tremendously talented musical artist, based in Los Angeles, but with a global reach. The former Sony label artist has now launched her own indie label and can be found at / Kat’s father is from New Zealand and her mother is from Japan. She grew up in both places. This is her YouTube channel description:

Healing, inspiring and connecting the world through words & melodiesI'm a half Japanese/ half Kiwi girl living in Los Angeles and touring the world!

This video clip, which she made herself using an iPhone, is an emotional testimony to God’s presence with us, even in the midst of life’s storms, including the Great Japan Disaster of 3.11.11. It's also about the human search for meaning and purpose in life.

Its message compliments the clip “Journeying with the Japanese” that I posted on 3/11/2016 about Asian Access missionaries, who are trying to physically show God’s presence. They are trying to help their friends in NE Japan find Jesus and the hope He can bring to them. It’s not over yet.

I am excited to show 3.11 to you…

3.11 Official Music & lyric video [字幕付き]

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Video Information

from Kat’s 3.11 YouTube Page:

Published on May 10, 2012 — My first music video from the album "Hope in you" (release is 2012/6/20). I you like this video please share it with your friends! Like it, comment etc!! I will do my best to keep writing better songs and making better videos!


Japanese Lyrics/Translation

0:14     3.11 だった
0:18     海が私の家を連れて行った
0:21     ほこりだらけの空気
0:23     煙の音
0:24     怖さという感覚、
0:26     カモメが泣いてる
0:28     あなたが写ってる写真が泥だらけになってた
0:31     あのいつもの何かたくらんでそうな笑顔
0:35     ぼやけた景色がほほをつたって流れる
0:38     静かさが泣きはじめ、耳をつんざくよう
0:41     神様
0:44     教えてほしい
0:47     あなたがいるのは分かってるから
0:51     私を癒してほしい
0:56     いろんな人生
0:59     いろんな質問
1:02     いろんな涙の川が海に流れてく
1:09     私の人生って何?
1:12     なぜここにいるの?
1:16     答えを必ず探しだす
1:19     たとえ人生最後の呼吸をするまで時間がかかっても
1:37     混乱のまま夜になった
1:40     子供を探す母親もいた
1:43     目に映るイメージ
1:46     止められない、
1:48     忘れられない
1:50     星が夜空を照らしてる
1:53     こんな星空今まで見た事がない
1:57     一番暗い夜、光をなくした、
2:00     でもあなたがいたの、
2:02     ずっといたの
2:03     神様
2:06     教えてほしい
2:09     傷跡と心をいやす方法を
2:17     もう一つの命
2:21     もう一つの理由
2:24     もう一つの希望
2:28     もう一つの季節
2:31     私の人生って何?
2:35     なぜここにいるの?
2:38     それを必ず探し出す
2:42     まだ終わってはいないから
2:49     まだ終わってはいないから
2:58     まだ終わってはいない


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去年は東北に何回か行って、色んな人の話を聞きました。この曲はその人達のストーリーを私なりに世界の皆に伝えるためにあえて英語で書きまし­た。iPhone でストップモーションのミュージックビデオを作ってみました。もし気に入って貰えたら友達ともfacebook でシェアしたり、つぶやいてください!この歌についてのストーリーも今後アップするので登録してね!


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