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Hiroshima Honored by Rafu Shimpo

America’s largest bilingual Japanese daily newspaper The Rafu Shimpo, honored the innovative Japanese jazz fusion band Hiroshima with the Centennial Award at its 100th Anniversary dinner on October 16, 2003 for the group’s peerless musical contributions and role in strengthening relations between Japan and the United States.

Hiroshima was formed in Los Angeles in 1974 by producer and leader Dan Kuramoto and virtuoso koto player June Kuramoto. Known for its unique blend of contemporary and classical music infused with Asian musical sensibilities, Hiroshima was singled-out for its consistent support of Japanese-American organizations, quite often performing at community events for little to no pay at all.

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