Due to honour, gratitude and a sense of belief in society, a strong tradition has grown in certain areas of Japan to perform the 4th Movement of Beethoven's 9th Symphony.
A beautiful piece itself, which I am sure you'll recognise, is performed below by 10,000 Japanese singers. Yes, 10,000!!
The whole story can be found here at Bayou Renaissance Man's blog 'I Daresy Beethoven Was Looking Down and Smiling'
I hope that your socks are as knocked off as mine were!