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NPO KOMA Activities for Peace
A Non Profit Organization, NPO KOMA wishes to contribute to global peace by promoting understanding of human nature transcending any racial or cultural differences. In this respect it has been organizing concerts by artist Idaki Shin and its representative Keiko Koma, as a means to realize dialogue among the hearts and souls of people all over the world.
The majority of these concerts have been commissioned and organized by governmental and official bodies. Further, it is expanding its range of activity to actual social projects, such as: an international commercialization of Ethiopian wild coffee, under the brand name of Andromeda Ethiopia; a support program to an orphanage center in Addis Ababa; participating to establish a business college and a library in the war damaged city of Tyre, Lebanon; an emergency aid program to the Bam earthquake disaster in Iran, and to a drought stricken area of Ethiopia; and a big scale water supply project for the entire habitants in the town of Gode, in the drought stricken southern part of Ethiopia.
The founder and the representative of NPO KOMA, Ms. Keiko Koma is a direct descendant of the ancient kingdom called Koguryo in East Asia. She inherits the nature of the kings of Koguryo, its creative power, excellent traditions, glorious expansion and painful life of exile to Japan, after its destruction in the 7th century AD. Exercising the extraordinary talent of a shaman king, she visits various part of the world every year and creates unique poems as messages of Heaven, Earth and Human civilization in the past, present and future. She is currently giving her poetic performance globally, as a joint concert program with Idaki Shin, under the name of Legends of Koguryo Rediscovered. This program has been staged as many as 176 times in Japan and abroad as of June 2014.
From the year 2006, she has developed her unique way of painting on Japanese traditional materials, achieving successfully a multi dimensional presentation of herself in the artistic sphere. Her major plastic works were exhibited at the Salle de UNESCO in Beirut and various exhibition spaces in Japan. Which success led NPO KOMA to open original gallery and Café spaces in Tokyo, The Keiko Koma Skyrocket Center Omotesandou, Keiko Koma gallery and Café Akira Roppongi, and in Kyoto, the Koma Gallery Café Yasaka under the famous Yasaka tower and Komaya Gallery Café at the south corner of the Kyoto Imperial Palace. In the year 2011 responding to the Northern East Japan earthquake and tsunami disaster, it opened the NPO KOMA Tohoku center at Morioka, Iwate as its center of activities to support the recovery process and is periodically holding charity concerts, promoting variety of products of Tohoku area to the rest of Japan and creating new business opportunities.
Keiko Koma
The representative of NPO KOMA, vice-representative of NPO Inochi, the honorary citizenship of Tyre, Lebanon, having a regular program at FM stations and the author of publications; Eight heavenly angels, To be with all your soul, Encounter, Legends of Koguryo Rediscovered, To be with all your soul 2; Magnitude of time.
Idaki Shin
In 1971 he began a professional career as a specialist in social welfare. For a period of 8 years he worked in one of the most advanced homes for the aged in Tokyo, where he planned and implemented a new life-care system. This provided the basis for various official services and facilities that can be seen in operation today.
From around the age of 20, he pursued studies into the fundamental questions of human life, such as what is the true meaning of health, and how one can liberate oneself from burdens and exercise one's own creativity, etc. At the age of 35, he discovered a way to recover the original function of life common to all human beings. At a later stage of his unique investigation, he discovered how to do this through piano improvisation, and has given 1183 concerts throughout Japan and various countries as of June 2019. These have provided audiences the opportunity to experience the immanent beauty of life and to regain the vitality to pave a way for the future.
Concerts:
1994, Nippon Budokan, Tokyo /1994; Carnegie Hall, New York /1995; 21 charity concerts in Japan for the Great Hanshin Earthquake /1997; Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, Spain /1997; Duomo of Monreale, Teatro Massimo, Sicily, Italy /1998; KBS Hall,Seoul /1998; Herodes Atticus Odeum at the Acropolis, Athens /1999; Blue Hall of Stockholm City Hall,Stockholm Concert Hall, Sweden. / 2001; Meskel Square, Addis Ababa,. Ethiopia / 2002 ; Theran, Iran / 2003; Kumano Hongu-Taisya, Japan ; Mnazi Mmoja ground, Tanzania / 2004; Sannai-Maruyama site, Aomori, Japan ; Persepolis, Iran. / 2005; “Legends of Koguryo Rediscovered “ concert in Tyre, Lebanon / 2006; “Legends of Koguryo Rediscovered “ concert in Veliko-Turnovo, Bulgaria, “Peace Message” concert at Saadabad Palace in Tehran, Iran / 2007; “Legends of Koguryo Rediscovered” Concert Tour, at Opera House in Damascus, Syria. Tsarevets Castle at Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria. Tricolour-flag Square, Giurgiu, Romania. Antic Theater, Ohrid, Macedonia. Magnolija Square, Bitola, Macedonia. (Idaki Shin Concert at Ohrid and Bitola), Jerash, Jordan (Jerash Festival). The Forbidden City Concert Hall, Beijing, China. / 2008; “Legends of Koguryo Rediscovered” concert at the Republic Square at Yerevan, Armenia. / 2009; “Legends of Koguryo Rediscovered” concert at Hippodrome in Tyre, Lebanon and at Green Theatre in Moscow, Russia. / 2010; Idaki Shin concert and “Legends of Koguryo Rediscovered” Concert at Vahdat Hall in Tehran, Iran./ 2010; “Legends of Koguryo Rediscovered” concert at the Metekhi church in Tbilisi Georgia. /2011 and 2012: Many Idaki Shin Northeastern Japan disaster charity concerts. / 2012; Idaki Shin concert in a special stage in Delhi and “Legends of Koguryo Rediscovered” Concert at Pulana Quila, in Delhi, India. / 2013; Idaki Shin concert in a special stage in the amphytheater and “Legends of Koguryo Rediscovered” Concert at the water front of Ahmedabad, in Gujarat, India
NPO KOMA Activities
2000
Requested by Ethiopian Embassy in Tokyo, we visited a drought hit town of Gode in the south of Ethiopia. Drought was said to be caused mainly by global house warming effect. The Ethiopian Ambassador to Japan accompanied us. Wedecided to co-organize a concert by our artist Idaki Shin, based on the mutual understanding that drastic solution to the accumulating problems could only be reached when internality of people was changed by a our concert for peace.
Simultaneously we started to plan support programs to Ethiopia and that year we donated a portable X-ray machine to the Gode hospital in response to local authorities demand.

At the hospital in Gode, a drought-hit town in Ethiopia
2001

In November, we held Idaki Shin “Cosmic Manifesto” concert at Meskel Square, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This concert was co-organized Joint with the Ethiopian government, with the view to declare the peace all over the world from the originated place of human being, realizing more than 110,000 audience, worldwide satellite transmission and internet video live streaming.


We started to hold the “Legends of Koguryo Rediscovered” concerts by Keiko Koma and Idaki Shin both in Japan and abroad. (It counted 233 times so far in May 2019)

We held many lecture events by Keiko Koma entitled as “To be with all your souls” and her poetic reading events in Japan. .(It counted 748 times so far in May 2019)

2002

Invited to Iran National Day memorial FAJR music festival “Dialogue among civilization” , we held two Idaki Shin piano concerts in Tehran, Iran in Feb, 2002.

We started importing coffee beans directly from Ethiopia and commercialized in Japan under brand name “Andromeda Ethiopia Coffee” . The profit from the sales has been donated back to Ethiopia through on going social projects of NPO KOMA such as one to supply a water purification system to Gode in southern Ethiopia. (See 2006 and 2007 projects)


In March we donated the custom clearance and handling charge of eleven Fire engines to Ethiopia.
In December we donated funds to DPPC (Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Committee) of Ethiopia in response to the urgent request saving the starvation in Ethiopia.


Limu, 100% natural-grown coffee
2003

In July we held the Idaki Shin concert in Oyunhara, Kumano Hongu Taisha, Wakayama, Japan.


In August we held the Idaki Shin “Torch of Peace” concert at Mnaji Mmoja Square in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, requested by the Tanzania government after the great success of the “Cosmic Manifesto” concert in Ethiopia. This was the official cultural event of the SADC (Southern Africa Development Community) summit meeting.


In December through the Iranian Embassy in Tokyo, we urgently donated supporting goods and foods to Bam, Kerman state, in Iran, as people were suffering from damages caused by the sudden big earthquake.

2004

In February we held the Idaki Shin piano charity concert for Bam in Iran suffering out of the big earthquake damages, in Daiichi Seimei Hall, Tokyo and donated all the profit from the concert to Iranian Embassy.


In July we held Idaki Shin “Jomon” concert at Sannai Maruyama remains, in Aomori.


In October we held the Idaki Shin “Dialogue among civilization” concert at Persepolis (Registered UNESCO world heritage) in Iran. This was the very first concert event realized after the revolution in Iran at the holly historic site, Persepolis. This was made possible by the special consideration from the part of Iranian government that considered the concert as “not an ordinary concert, but culture itself conveying the message of peace” . Holding a concert at Persepolis itself was considered as a revolutionary event in Iran.

Idaki Shin Concert at Persepolis, Iran


2005

In March we donated Idaki Shin Sound System (audio speakers and amplifier) to the Imam Sadr Foundation in Lebanon.


In August, for the first time outside Japan, we staged the “Legends of Koguryo Rediscovered” concert at Hippodrome in Tyre, Lebanon and ended with huge success as most spectators were deeply touched to their heart and shed tears. It was reported as an amazing experience in the following day’ s local newspapers. Our representative Keiko Koma was given the title of the honorable and eternal citizenship of Tyre. After this concert, we started to hold this concert program at middle east countries, and has been covered in many media.

Legends of Koguryo Rediscovered in Tyre, Lebanon
2006

In August we held seven Idaki Shin charity concerts to support Lebanon at the time of the Israeli army’ s bombing. Because the Jerash festival in Jordan that we were invited to participate was cancelled because of the war situation, we held the “Legends of Koguryo Rediscovered” concert at Komae, Japan the same date as were planned in Jerash, the 11th of August, and delivered the message for peace.
Requested by the mayor of Tyre who wished to realize something after the war that would give young generations hope for the future, we donated to the city of Tyre, all the computers, electronics and library necessary to set up a business college.

In September we held the “Legends of Koguryo Rediscovered” concert at Tsarevets Castle, Veliko-Turnovo, Bulgaria, as a joint event with the municipality of Turnovo. We recorded and donated a special Idaki Shin CD for the newly furnished operation floor at the Veliko-Turnovo hospital. We also donated Idaki Shin Sound System and artworks by our representative Keiko Koma’ s Mind-scape series, unique and original paintings with rhinestones on Chirimen cloths.

In November we held Idaki Shin the “Peace Message” concert at Saadabad Palace in Tehran, for two nights, after the great success of the Idaki Shin Persepolis concert.
As part of our support activity for Ketchene orphanage in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, we donated funds for constructing a bioenergy facility and conduct maintenance of its clinic.

2007
In May the “Legends of Koguryo Rediscovered” concert at the Opera theater, Damascus Syria to commemorate its 100th concert.
In June, we held the “Legends of Koguryo Rediscovered” concert at Tsarevets Castle, Veliko-Turnovo, Bulgaria, At the city square of Giurgiu, Romania, Archaic theater in Ohrid, Macedonia, City Square of Bitla, Macedonia.
In August we participated the Jerash festival in Jordan with the “Legends of Koguryo Rediscovered” concert.
In September, as part of the commemoration events for the 35th anniversary of friendly ties between Japan and China, we held the “Legends of Koguryo Rediscovered” concert at Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, China. In a part of the program, HAYA, a Chinese group, joined

At the residence of Mr. President in Syria
2008
In September the Skyrocket Center Omotesandou was opened in Tokyo.
In October, we held the “Legends of Koguryo Rediscovered” concert at the republic square of Yerevan, Armenia before 20,000 audience.
2009
In July, we held the “Legends of Koguryo Rediscovered” concert at Hippodrome in Tyre, Lebanon.
In the same month, we held the “Legends of Koguryo Rediscovered” concert at the green theater in Moscow, Russia.

Legends of Koguryo Rediscovered in Beijing, China
2010
In May, we held the “Legends of Koguryo Rediscovered” concert at the Vahdad Hall in Teheran Iran.
In October we held the “Legends of Koguryo Rediscovered” concert at the Metekhi church in Tbilisi Georgia.
In January, The Koma Gallery Café at Yasaka was opened under the famous Yasaka tower in Kyoto.

Water Purification & Supply System at Gode
2011
In March, as part of our support activity for the recovery after the Great East Japan Earthquake, we donated Mind-Scape Marbling T-shirts dyed by Keiko Koma to organizations in affected areas and served Andromeda Ethiopia Coffee in disaster areas in Iwate and Miyagi.
In September, responding to the Northeastern Japan earthquake and tsunami disaster, we opened the NPO KOMA Tohoku center at Morioka, Iwate.
2012

Many Idaki Shin charity concerts have been held for the Northeastern Japan disaster.
We donated to the city of Tyre, Lebanon all the computers and electronic facilities to totally renew and upgrade its business college.


In December, we held the “Legends of Koguryo Rediscovered” concert at Purana Qila, in Delhi, India.

2013
Komaya Gallery Cafe was opened at the south corner of the Kyoto Imperial Palace at the heart of Kyoto.
In October, we held the “Legends of Koguryo Rediscovered” concert with over 30,000 audience at the river front special stage at Ahmedabad in Gujarat, India.
2014

In November, started the joint research activities about the positive influence of the music by Master Idaki Shin on agricultural products with Yamamoto strawberry farm that took the initiative to recover the agricultural industry immediately after the North Eastern Japan Great Disaster at Yamamoto village, Watari, Miyagi prefecture.

2015

In April, donated the Idaki Shin sound system to every strawberry houses at the Yamamoto Strawberry firm.
In October, opened at the corner of the Yamamoto Strawberry farm, the coffee facility and office for NPO Koma’s coffee projects.

In November, we built NPO KOMA Guesthouse, a place for Idaki Shin to play the piano to transmit its energy to the world. Fazioli piano is installed.

2016

In July, Cafe Koma-ya Sendai opened as a base for our business, after hearing that creating “business in which young people can work feeling hope will truly be a support for the recovery” of the disaster areas of the Great East Japan Earthquake.

2018

In March, Yui-Kobo opened, a coffee roasting facility and a shop of Yamamoto Strawberry Farm, in front of Yamashita station in the new midtown of Yamamoto-town where 90% of the area was destroyed by the Great East Japan Earthquake.

12th of March, Piano improvisation concert was held by Master Idaki Shin, entitled “Yui (connection)” at Tsubamenomori Hidamari hall in front of JR Yamashita station at Yamamoto-cho.

2019

In March, NPO KOMA Tea-Ceremony House opened. Adjacent to the house is Keiko Koma’s atelier for dying her marbling fabrics.