Singer Sara Bareilles has documented her mission trip to earthquake-ravaged Japan in a bid to shed light on the plight of the country's people.
More than 10,000 people died last March (11) when the country was hit by a massive 9.0-magnitude quake and subsequent tsunami.
The Love Story hitmaker was quick to help with relief efforts in the area and now she's set to show off her trip in Trace of the Sun: Volunteering in Japan.
She writes in a post on her official website, "Earlier last year, my touring family and I went to Japan for the very first time. It was absolutely incredible. My experience in that beautiful country was bittersweet, as we arrived a mere 2 months after the tragic Tsunami had occurred. In addition to spending time and energy simply celebrating the richly textured traditions and people that make up Japanese culture, we were also acutely aware of the fact that the country was suffering. It was palpable, and justified. But perhaps the most moving element of watching this nation begin to heal, was the stoic sense of honor and grace each person seemed to carry throughout it all. I will never forget how poised and gentile everyone was, in spite of their sorrow.
"Part of our intention of going to Japan and honoring this captivating place was to join with a volunteer organization that was doing hands-on work to help heal and cultivate growth within communities that had been affected. All Hands Volunteers was the perfect fit for us. They are a grass-roots organization that is literally changing the world, one pair of hands at a time...
"This film documents our time in Japan, both as musicians and volunteers. Japan is still healing from this devastating natural disaster, and it is my honor to continue to support relief efforts and hopefully encourage others to find ways to contribute. Thank you for listening.
The film will premiere online on 23 March (12).