Mike Kenji Shinoda


Not my best pics, but the best moment of the Fort Minor gig. Mike performed Kenji, a song where he tells the story of his Japanese family during WW2 when they were put into an internment camp and had to deal with hate and being unwanted. Between the verses and in the end he silently stood, making the peace sign and everyone joined. He thanked us for that and he was really moved, cause the song has such an important message and he saw that we understood and that we’re with him. Some people in the audience had prepared a huge sign that read “We are all Kenji” and Mike made them turn their sign around that everyone could see it. 

It’s so important that the world sticks together. Goddamn it, we’re all humans, be it Japanese immigrants, be it refugees in Germany at the moment or anyone else. We all share this one planet, it’s time we grow the fuck up and act like it.