Keiko, a Japanese singer who lives with MS, joined young supporters of the Japan MS Society for a festive, awareness-raising event at a Japanese elementary school in December 2017.
The event, held at KamiChiba Elementary School and supported by the Japan MS Society, was Keiko’s second performance to Japanese schoolchildren and included presentations from pupils about their involvement in the Japan MS Society’s World MS Day activities.
Keiko aims to use her concerts to raise awareness of MS among people of all ages. The singer gave her first school performance at the Futaba Junior High School in July 2017, in recognition of the contribution that pupils at the school had made to the Japan MS Society’s World MS Day activities. Keiko decided to team up with those pupils again for the December event, which helped to raise awareness of MS among an even younger audience of elementary schoolchildren.
First to perform was the school’s impressive brass band. Pupils then took to the stage to share the highlights from their World MS Day activities with the audience, after which the Japan MS Society gave a brief presentation about MS. Keiko, accompanied onstage by pianist and composer Mitsuru , then entertained the children with a range of Christmas songs.
George Nakajima, General Secretary of the Japan MS Society, said: ‘this concert was very successful and many pupils, their parents, teachers and people who live near the KamiChiba Elementary School were very touched by the concert. Keiko and Mitsuru made our day and we all thank them!’