2016 / Love to Nippon – Japan’s disaster memorial event – to be held in Downtown Los Angeles, Sunday, March 6

“Love to Nippon 2016” event on March 6 provided a setting of praying for the victims of 2011 Japan disaster. Photo by Richard Fukuhara.

“Love to Nippon 2016” event on March 6 provided a setting of praying for the victims of 2011 Japan disaster. Photo by Richard Fukuhara.

Forwarded for Love to Nippon 2016

“The Future of Tohoku — Your Dreams and Hopes”

Please join us in sending love and prayers to the people whose lives were forever affected by the March 11, 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.

Let us share the lessons learned from this once in a millennium tragedy and better educate us to prepare for future natural disasters.

The first Love to Nippon event was held in 2012, and the Love to Nippon 2016 will mark its 5th anniversary. Come learn about the progress of the long road to recovery.

Contact: Email: lovetonippon2016@gmail.com

Phone: (310) 484-1800 Love to Nippon Project: Masako Unoura-Tanaka



Love to Nippon 2016

The Fifth Annual 3.11 Memorial Event

 “Love to Nippon 2016” Fifth Anniversary Memorial Event Pays Tribute to

The March 11, 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

Sunday, March 6, 2016

1:00pm – 3:00pm LAPD Outside Plaza

Emergency Preparedness Fair, Prayers and Flower Offering

1:00pm – 3:00pm “How are the devastated areas in Tohoku, Japan now after five years?”

Booths presented by Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate Prefectural Organizations of Southern California

Music Tribute by Los Angeles musicians: Yuki Yasuda, Kozue Matsumoto and Shelley Yuki Ikebe of KOTO; Shoshi Kanokohata of SHAKUHACHI; Naoki Atkins of TSUGARU Shamisen and others

American Red Cross Los Angeles Region; Home Depot, L.A. County Fire Department Fire Truck, Ofunato Fire Department, Yusuke Iimori, United States Coast Guard and others

1:30pm – 2:00pm “What is Los Angeles doing to prepare for possible earthquake and tsunami?”

Presentation: Battalion Chief Larry Collins, L.A. County Fire Department and First Responder in Japan; Ofunato Fire Department, Yoshihiro Chiba; and others

Co-Emcees: Richard Fukuhara & Masako Unoura-Tanaka, Love to Nippon Project

2:00pm – 3:00pm “Interfaith Service”

Izumi Hasegawa, Senior Priest of Shusse Inari Jinja of Shinto Ceremony; Cantor Seth Ettinger, Rev. Mark Nakagawa, Centenary United Methodist Church; Nikkei Interfaith Group of Little Tokyo and Los Angeles Buddhist Temple Federation; Rev. Timothy Yee, Union Church of Los Angeles and others

Co-Emcees: Lori Gardea & Toby Mallen of Nichi Bei Fujin Kai (NBFK), Kay Inose & Kitty Sankey of the Japanese Women’s Society of Southern California



Sunday, March 6, 2016

3:30pm-5:30pm Ronald F. Deaton Civic Auditorium, LAPD HQs

Memorial Program

Emcee: David Ono, Love to Nippon Project

3:00pm, Doors Open

3:15pm – 3:30pm

Video of Miyagi Prefecture’s Kitakami Elementary School Song, Lyrics by Satoko Sato, Music by Mitsuhiro Sakakibara, Video production by Steve Rey Saito

3:30pm – 3:50pm

Invocation: Rev. William Briones, Minister of Los Angeles Honpahongwanji Buddhist Temple; Rinban Noriaki Ito, Head Minister of Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple; Rev. Timothy Yee, Union Church of Los Angeles; Cantor Seth Ettinger, N’vay Shalom Synagogue

National Anthems: Japan and the United States of America

Music Tribute: “Hana Wa Saku” by the Students of Nishiyamato Academy of California

Mr. Norman Mineta

Mr. Norman Mineta

4:05pm – 5:05pm

Keynote Speaker: Honorable Norman Y. Mineta, Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation

Presentation and Panel Discussion: LACFD Chief Daryl L. Osby; Honorable Norman Y. Mineta; Masako Unoura-Tanaka, Ofunato Fire Department, Yoshinobu Chiba; Ofunato Support Network Center Volunteer, Takako Niinuma; Eri Suzuki, Reporter of Tokai Shimpo of Ofunato and others

Moderator: David Ono and Ted Tokio Tanaka

5:10pm – 5:30pm

Words of Appreciation: Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles, Hidehisa “Harry” Horinouchi, Honorary Committee Chair of Love to Nippon 2016

Music Tribute: “Sakura” and “Happy Day” by Holiness Youth Choir

Closing: Douglas Erber, President of JASSC and Masako Unoura-Tanaka, Founder, Love to Nippon Project

Presented by:

Love to Nippon Project

Supported by:

Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles

NBFK, Japan America Society of Southern California

Los Angeles County Fire Department, Prefectural Associations of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima

Japanese Business Association of Southern California, Prefectural Association of Southern California

Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, Nisei Week Foundation, US-Japan Council

Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California, Japanese American National Museum

The Japanese Women’s Society of Southern California, Global Organization for Leadership and Diversity

American Association of Japanese University Women, Los Angeles-Nagoya Sister City Affiliation

Little Tokyo Public Safety Association, Little Tokyo Service Center and more

Love to Nippon 2016 is generously hosted by LAPD HQs

100 West First Street, Los Angeles, California

REGISTRATION: visit www.lovetonippon.com


CONTACT: Masako Unoura-Tanaka, Founder of Love to Nippon Project                          Tel: 310-484-1800   Fax: 310-484-0188   lovetonippon2016@gmail.com

WEBSITE:  www.lovetonippon.com     www.facebook.com/LoveToNippon

EMERGENCY: PHONE: 310-484-1800 ext. 0    E-MAIL: unoura@ttta.com