Saturday, May 28, 2011

HIStory: Michael Jackson visiting an orphanage in Japan

Michael Jackson, center, leaves an orphanage gymnasium after meeting more than 160 children and nuns in Tokyo on Sunday, May 28, 2006.

On May 28, 2006, the day after he accepted  MTV Japan's "Legend Award"  during a ceremony at Yoyogi Olympic Stadium, Michael Jackson visited a Tokyo orphanage.

After weaving through dozens of screaming adult fans outside the downtown orphanage, Michael was ushered into a gymnasium where more than 160 children between the ages of 3 and 18 and nuns in gray uniforms waited.

"I love you," Michael told the cheering crowd.  Then he said: "Aishiteru!", meaning I love you in Japanese.

At his appearance at the MTV Japan Awards, Michael said he was honoured to be in Japan and happy to be around Japanese people he said he loved very much. He thanked them for their loyalty.

The Asian tour was being organized by Broderick D. Morris, chief executive of Positive Productions Yokohama, an entertainment promotions company, Bain said.

"Michael Jackson is a legend ... He loves Japan and we love him," Morris said in a press release. "We look forward to welcoming him."

Jackson was quoted as saying, "I look forward to my visit to Japan because I have so many fond memories of my visits there.  I thank MTV Japan for this honour and Mr. Morris for spearheading this visit.

"I look forward to seeing old friends and saying hello to my huge fan base in Japan who, like my other fans around the world, have for so many years consistently shown their love and support to me and my family."

text and pictures from various sources

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