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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.

The band’s recording career began in 1979 with a self-titled album on Arista. Since then, Hiroshima has won Grammys, Emmys, scored a Gold record with 1985’s Another Place, and after nearly 30 years of performing and recording together the group is now signed to the smooth jazz label Heads Up, for which they recorded its latest, The Bridge.

The Rafu Shimpo event, hosted by Star Trek‘s Mr. Sulu, George Takei, celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the newspaper. Other lucky honorees of the Centennial Award included the Los Angeles Dodgers, Nanka Kenjinkai Kyogikai, the Montebello Japanese Women’s Club and White House advisor and software innovator William Saito.

For more info on Hiroshima, check out their website www.hiroshimamusic.com.

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