2018 / 400 people observe Japan’s tsunami memorial day, March 11

Love to Nippon 2018

Love to Nippon 2018 – 7th Anniversary Memorial Event pays tribute to the March 11, 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Disasters

3.11 Memorial -Honor the Past & Celebrate the Future!

Presented by: Love to Nippon Project

Love to Nippon 2018 is generously hosted by LAPD HQs

Supported by: Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles, Japan America Society of Southern California, NBFK, ANA; Inspiration of Japan with many other individuals and organizations

Sunday, March 11, 2018 at Los Angeles Police Department Headquarters, 100 W 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

# 1 Stage (1st Street Side)

MC: Janet LeBlanc, Co-President of NBFK

12:00 – 3:30 pm, Registration Desk Opens: Love to Nippon Project Information, Media Desk, Merchandises Desk

12:00 – 12:20 pm, Shinto Ceremony: Izumi Hasegawa, Senior Priest of Shusse Inari Shrine of America

12:00 – 3:00 pm, Booths: Fukushima, Miyagi, Iwate Prefectural Organizations of Southern California

L.A. County Fire Department Fire Truck: 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Bazaar Booth

12:20 – 12:45 pm, Japanese Taiko Tribute: UCLA Kyodo Taiko First Performance
Brandon Wang, Catherine Lumintang, Minami Sasaki, Elise Umetsu, Kyle Nakahira, Yi-Ling Loo, Isacc Caldas, Jason Muljadi , Emily Pham, Niveda Tennety, Micah Flores, Kiana Shibata

3:00 – 3:30 pm, Japanese Martial Art Demonstrations: Southern California Kendo Organization (SCKO)
Yusuke Sakuma, Kenichi Kamimoto and many more!

3:15 – 3:35 pm, Japanese Taiko Tribute: UCLA Kyodo Taiko Second Performance

# 2 Stage (LAPD HQs Main Entrance Area)

MC: Richard Fukuhara & Janet LeBlanc, Board Members of Love to Nippon Project

1:00 – 3:00 pm, Booths: The Japan Search & Rescue Dog Association, American Red Cross Los Angeles Region, Home Depot, Los Angeles County Fire Department Preparedness Information

“Kata tataki” by Dr. Doann Kaneko

Demonstration of the Art of Origami

12:55 – 1:05 pm, Opening Remarks: Richard Fukuhara & Janet LeBlanc, Board of Love to Nippon Project

1:05 – 1:20 pm, Art Performance: Dance & Calligraphy by Rizumu, Kuni, Phil & Shoji
Dancers: Rizumu Masuda, Phil Garvin, Shoji Takeuchi
Calligrapher: Kuniharu Yoshida

1:20 – 1:30 pm, Presentation: The Japan Search & Rescue Dog Association from Japan
Title: “What the Earthquake Taught us, Looking Ahead to the Future “
Mrs. Naoko Kawano, Shinya Kawano, Hiromi Suzuki, Naomi Hosono and Isso Takahashi

1:30 – 1:45 pm, Music Tribute: Jazz Music by Nori Tani & Friends
Nori Tani (Alto Saxophone), Albert Elegino (Trombone), Masatoshi Sato (Bass), David Cheung (Drums), Hiro Morizumi (Piano), Takako Uemura (Vocal), Maurice Gainen (PA Engineer)

3:00 – 3:30 pm, Music Tribute: Jazz Music by Nori Tani & Friends
3:30 – 3:35 pm, Closing Invocation:

Rev. Mark Nakagawa, Centenary United Methodist Church

# 3 Stage (LAPD HQs Upper Garden)

MCs: Lori Gardea, Toby Mallen of NBFK and Kay Kayoko Inose, Kitty Sankey of Japanese Women’s Society of Southern California

12:00 – 3:00 pm, Flower Offering Desk

1:45 – 1:55 pm, Love to Nippon Project Greeting & Introductions
National Anthems of the United States of America and Japan: Sung by Erika Mariko Olsen

1:50 – 2:15 pm, Introduction of Fire Chief Daryl L Osby, Los Angeles County Fire Department
Presentation on Natural Disaster Preparedness by Fire Chief Osby, BC Larry Collins & David Stone

2:15 – 2:40 pm, Interfaith Service:
Rev. Timothy Yee, Union Church of Los Angeles
Rabbi Shalom Rubanowitz, Pacific Jewish Center “The Shul on the Beach” in Venice
Nikkei Interfaith Group of Little Tokyo and Los Angeles Buddhist Temple Federation
Rev. Nobuko Miyoshi, Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple
Rev. William Briones, Rev. Kazuaki Nakata, Nishi Honganji LA Betsuin Buddhist Temple
Rev. Shumyo Kojima, Rev. Daiko Toho, Zenshuji Soto Mission

2:40 – 2:45 pm, Appreciation Remarks:
Deputy Consul General Hiroki Matsuo, Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles

2:45 – 3:00 pm, Music Tribute:
“Hana Wa Saku” & “Amazing Grace” by Union Church of Los Angeles and Friends
Keiko Suga (Conductor), Dan Taguchi (Saxophone), (Piano)

Closing Remarks:
Doug Erber, President, Japan America Society of Southern California
Masako Unoura-Tanaka, Founder of Love to Nippon Project & Board of Governors, JASSC

Love to Nippon 2019 will be held on March 10, 2019 & see you again!

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