On October 27, 2015, Miyu Matsuki passed away from lymphoma caused by Chronic active EBV infection (hereinafter referred to as CAEBV).
“Thank you! Miyu-chan” is a memorial event dedicated to Miyu Matsuki whose purpose is to let more people know about the disease called CAEBV, the Marrow Donor Program and the blood donation required for CAEBV treatments. The participants shared all their beautiful memories of Miyu with everyone who loved her, including voice actors, musicians, and all the fans. On September 11, 2016, Science Museum in Tokyo was filled with more than a thousand people.
At the exhibition hall on the first floor, they displayed the costumes worn on her birthday concerts that had been going on every year since “The thirtieth festival” in 2007, those used for CD jackets, her live T-shirts, and many more.
They also displayed a photo history board with memorial photos provided by her family and friends. The display corner of the message cards sent by people related to her was always crowded from the opening at 9:30 a.m. till the end of the exhibition at 4:30 p.m.
Right next to the exhibition hall, they held a lecture on CAEBV and the Marrow Donor Project.
Mr. Yoshimasa daze Arai, a professional snowboarder, appeared on the stage at 11:30 a.m. He also suffered from CAEBV, recovered after a bone marrow transplant and has been actively taking part in recruitment for bone marrow and blood donors. He talked about Miyu and her struggle, and mentioned that the marrow donors were in decline then, appealing to the audience the necessity of donor registrations and blood donations.
At 1:30 p.m., Ms Arisa Ikegaya appeared on the stage. She was diagnosed of acute lymphoid leukaemia in January, 2013 when she was a junior student at university. She was treated with a bone marrow transplant in July, 2013, and has returned to her university life. Her speech was titled, “『もう一度生きるチャンスをくれた「骨髄移植」』/Bone marrow transplant gave me another chance to live”. She talked about her struggles and expressed her appreciation to the donors whose names she never learned.
At 2:30 pm, Dr. Arai Fumiko, a lecturer of Department of Hematology, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, appeared on the stage as the leading expert on CAEBV treatment. Her lecture was titled as “血液内科医からみた慢性活動性 EB ウイルス感染症/Chronic active EBV infection, the hematologist’s point of view”, and she talked about the symptoms of CAEBV that are not familiar enough to medics and researchers yet, their current research situations, and forthcoming challenges. She tried to explain everything as simple as she could so that the audience could understand the severity of the illness.
The lectures were successful. The lecturers were met with a lot of questions from the audience.. Mr. Daze is an experienced lecturer, but he was surprised and impressed by the enthusiasm of the attendees and said “I’ve never been questioned this much.”
They also prepared a special bus for blood donation during the exhibition, right beside the hall entrance. Many visitors approved of the purpose of the event and offered to donate blood, and they waited in line for several minutes to donate their blood. Eventually, about 70 people offered to donate which went over the capacity of one bloodmobile. Also, 42 new bone marrow donors registered at the venue, which was also an exceptionally high number for a single-day event.
At 5:00 p.m., they held a stage event at the basement of the Science Hall.
First they welcomed Mr. Yoshimasa Daze Arai as a guest speaker, who had a lecture earlier on that day, and had a talk show to learn about CAEBV. Ms. Yuuko Gibu as a presenter asked him questions about his own experience.
They also introduced a yearly promotion event in November called “SNOW BANK PAY IT FORWARD” which has been held every year since 2011, to promote bone marrow and blood donation. This year, the event is scheduled to be held on November 12 and 13, 2016. They will have artificial snow in Yoyogi Park in fall, and they will show professional snowboarders’ performances and some music concerts. They will also have a bloodmobile and accept marrow donor registrations.
After the talk show, they played video messages by various voice actors who have worked with Ms. Matsuki in the past. More than 40 voice actors made different videos and delivered their messages.
After the video messages, there was a live concert!.
The band members of The Misoji Band (The 30s)/三十路バンド (Kouji Obata on guitar, 林由恭 on bass, Asahi on keyboard, Seiichirou “Ruffin” Sugiura on manipulator, Do! Fujisaki on drums) played various songs related to Miyu, with some talks in betweens. There were so many talents that appeared on stage: Kana Asumi, Yuka Ootsubo, Akemi Kanda, Tatsuya Kikuchi, Yuuko Gibu, Yui Sakakibara, Naoko Takano, Mikako Takahashi, Chinami Nishimura, Ryou Hirohashi, and Fumie Mizusawa.
During the fifth song, Princess Teacher, they gave us the customary show by The Misoji Band (The 30s)/三十路バンド that was a regular show in every Matsuki’s live concert. Mr. Hayashi, aka Yosshi on bass, introduced all the members one by one, and gave a shout, saying, “You saw all the different costumes she wore in her concerts displayed at the hall today. Now let us do the tune we used to play while Ms. Matsuki changed into those costumes!” They called out to her, “Matsuki-san, please listen to us”, and sang the Matsuki-version parody of Masquerade/仮面舞踏会 together with all the fans in the hall.
As the tenth song, they all sang HOME together. Ms Matsuki wrote the song while remembering her hometown, Kure, Hiroshima. Then, they all also sang the song 太陽曰く燃えよカオス that Ms Matsuki was awarded with the Seventh VA Award, Singing prize/第 7 回声優アワード歌唱賞” as a member of the 後ろから這いより隊 G unit. The whole venue was excited and shouted “Ooh! Nyaa!”.
Then, they ran a video on the screen and showed us Ume Aoki, the original creator of Hidamari Sketch, running where Matsuki acted the role of the teacher Yoshinoya! She started at Nippon Budoukan, and was running towards the Science Museum. It was a bit strange to see the video in the day light when it was already dark. When Ume sensei finally arrived at Science Museum on the screen, the door of the Science Hall opened wide and there she appeared as a surprise guest on the stage!
Ume-sensei and all the stars shared their messages, and they played the closing song, あなたのハートにはきゅん!どきゅん!, the standard and representative song of Ms Matsuki. However, who else can sing this song other than Matsuki? They played Matsuki’s recording on the stage, and showed us the video of a past concert on the screen.
Finally, everyone jumped on the stage to finish the song. Everyone both from the stage and from the audience exchanged “Thank you!”. It was a memorial event full of love.
For reference, all the profits gained from this event are donated to Chronic active EBV infection researches, Japan Marrow Donor Program management, and SNOW BANK PAY IT FORWARD hosting costs, after deducting the required management cost and production cost for the event. They will announce the donation report on their official website at the beginning of November.
■Miyu Matsuki memorial event, “Thank you! Miyu-chan” Official homepage
■“General incorporated association SNOW BANK” Official homepage
Date: Sunday, September 11, 2016
Venue: Science Museum (2-1, Kitanomaru-koen, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0091)
Content: 1. Miyu Matsuki’s photo and costume display / charity sale
Time and Date : 9:30 am ~ 4:30 pm on September 11, 2016
Venue: Exhibition event hall 10th at Science Museum
2. Marrow Donor Program: Registry information session and lectures
Date: Sunday, September 11, 2016
Venue: Exhibition event hall 11th at Science Museum
Time: 11:30 am ~ (approx. 60 minutes) on “ 活きるを伝える/ Conveying what it measn to live”
Lecturer: Yoshimasa daze Arai
1:30 pm ~ (approx. 30 minutes) on “Bone marrow transplant that gave me another chance to live/もう一度生きるチャンスをくれた「骨髄移植」”
Lecturer: Arisa Ikegaya
2:30 pm ~ (approx. 30 minutes) “Chronic active EBV infection, the hematologist’s point of view/血液内科医からみた慢性活動性 EB ウイルス感染症”
Lecturer:Graduate Schools of Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Blood internal medicine a lecturer Ayako Arai
3. Stage event
Date: Sunday, September 11, 2016 opens at 4:00 pm, starts at 5:00 pm, closes at 7:30 (scheduled)
Venue: Science Hall, Science Museum
Starring: Yuka Ootsubo, Akemi Kanda, Tatsuya Kikuchi, Yuuko Gibu, Yui Sakakibara, Naoko Takano, Mikako Takahashi, Chinami Nishimura, Ryou Hirohashi, Fumie Mizusawa, the Misoji Band (The 30s) 【Kouji Obata on guitar, 林由恭 on bass, Asahi on keyboard, Seiichirou “Ruffin” Sugiura on manipulator, Do! Fujisaki on drums】 and others
Guest: Yoshimasa daze Arai