2014 / Cultural News editor to speak about Tohoku disaster at Cal State University Los Angeles, April 21 at 4:30 pm

Miyako Umemurra 2014 Concert

On March 11, 2014 at Miyako, northern coastal city in Iwate prefecture, visitors from California and Tokyo met local musicians who dedicated classic music and Japanese chorus to the victims of the 2011 disaster. Cultural News Photo

Cultural News’s editor and publisher, Shige Higashi, will be a guest speaker in California State University, Los Angles on Monday, April 21 at 4:30 pm.

The theme of Higashi’s lecture is “Life and Hope at the Third Anniversary of Japan’s Largest Earthquake and Tsunami: My Seventh Visit to Disaster Areas in Tohoku.”

The lecture sponsored by the Japanese Studies Center and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures will be held at Music Hall (Music Hall Building #1A) in the campus.

California State University, Los Angeles is located at 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032.

This lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshment will be served from 4:00 pm to 4:30 pm.

For more information, contact Dr. Sachiko Matsunaga at (323) 343-4230 or email smatsun@calstatela.edu

Higashi has proved information about Japanese art exhibitions and cultural events in Southern California since 1998 through monthly newspaper Cultural News.

One month after the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, he made his first trip to Tohoku for fact finding.

Higashi was overwhelmed by the aftermath of the Japan’s largest natural disaster, and started to recommend readers of Cultural News to see the disaster areas by themselves.

On March 11, 2014, he attended the memorial service at Miyako, northern coastal city in Iwate prefecture with eight people from California and Tokyo.

The March 2014 tour is Higashi’s seventh visit and the third group tour to Tohoku.