WED JAN 4 8PM Aratani Theatre


Tomodachi Honda Cultural Exchange Program
Daniel Ho
Grateful Crane Ensemble
Operation Tomodachi


Fresh from their 2017 Rose Parade appearance, Tomodachi Honda Cultural Exchange Program high school students from Fukushima, Japan will share stories of resiliency, strength and hope after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. 

This unique performance led by six-time Grammy Award winner, Daniel Ho also features reflections from LA-based Grateful Crane Ensemble’s Tohoku Goodwill Tour. They will be joined by two members of Operation Tomodachi, the United States Armed Forces disaster relief response.  We hope that you will join us for this musical celebration of the cultural connections between the youth of Fukushima and the United States, our local Nikkei Community and larger Los Angeles.

TOMODACHI-Honda Cultural Exchange Program

The TOMODACHI-Honda Cultural Exchange Program is part of the TOMODACHI Initiative, which was created by the governments of the United States and Japan following the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami to create new bonds of friendship between American and Japanese youth through educational and cultural exchange activities.


Daniel Ho

Daniel Ho's credo: to see a note through from beginning to end. This philosophy encompasses six GRAMMY Awards, four Golden Melody Awards (Taiwan), multiple Hawaiian Music accolades, a genre-crossing discography, and a host of instruments with which he is proud to perform.

A Honolulu native, Daniel started music lessons at age eight and spent his teenage years orchestrating big band arrangements. He attended the Grove School of Music in Los Angeles and excelled in composition and film scoring. He was the leader and keyboardist of the acclaimed '90s contemporary jazz band, Kilauea. As the mastermind behind Daniel Ho Creations, his independent recording and publishing company, he pursues excellence in composition, performance, audio engineering, and production, and has released over 100 albums and authored more than a dozen music books.

Grateful Crane Ensemble

Established in 2001, the Grateful Crane Ensemble, Inc. is a non-profit theater group whose mission is to present educational and theatrical programs in appreciation for the unique hardships and inspiring contributions of Japanese Americans in our country’s history.  The group has done this through the telling of Issei and Nisei stories, and the singing of their favorite songs.

In June, 2016, Grateful Crane embarked on its second goodwill tour to Tohoku, the area of Japan devastated by the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami.  During this trip, the troupe performed in Fukushima for seniors still living in temporary housing, and for children and youth at a local orphanage.  Despite their difficult and challenging living situations, Grateful Crane members were deeply moved by the spirit and strength of the people, and are happy and honored to be performing with Fukushima friends in the upcoming “Fukushima Tomodachi Concert.”