2017 / “Love to Nippon” 6th anniversary event for March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake at Los Angeles Police Department HQs, March 5

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The 6th Anniversary of Love to Nippon 2017

20130304 Love to Nippon LogoSunday, March 5, 2017 at LAPD HQs

Season’s Greetings & wishing you a wonderful holiday season!

On behalf of the Love to Nippon Project Committee, it is with great pleasure that we invite you to join us at the 6th Anniversary of Love to Nippon 2017 – 3.11 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Memorial Event, which will be held on Sunday, March 5, 2017, at the Los Angeles Police Department Headquarters – Ronald F. Deaton Civic Auditorium, 100 West First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Please save the date on your calendar for this annual community wide gathering.

Thanks to all of you, the 5th Anniversary Memorial event was a well-attended peaceful gathering, headlined by the Honorable Norman Mineta and Mrs. Deni Mineta to honor the memory of those who have perished in the March 11, 2011 catastrophe, recorded as worst natural disaster in Japan’s history.

To celebrate the resilient spirit of those rebuilding their lives, we will come together once again as a community to fill the day with an optimistic energy of hope and joy.

We encourage the members of your organization and families to participate in and to share the lessons and the importance of natural disaster preparation here in Los Angeles and Southern California. We thank you for your continued support.

Please forward any questions by email to Janet LeBlanc janetleblanc23@gmail.com  & Masako Unoura unoura@ttta.com  or by telephone (310) 484-1800, ext. 0.

With deep gratitude,

Masako Unoura-Tanaka
Founder, Love to Nippon Project
Member, Board of Governors, JASSC


Love to Nippon 2016 photo by Richard Fukuhara

Love to Nippon 2017
Annual 3.11 Memorial
Honor the Past & Celebrate the Future!

“Love to Nippon 2017,” 6th Anniversary Memorial Event Pays Tribute to The March 11, 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake & Tsunami              

Presented by: Love to Nippon Project
Supported by: Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles, Japan Foundation in Los Angeles, NBFK, Japan America Society of Southern California and many other individuals and organizations


Sunday, March 5, 2017
1:00pm – 3:00pm at LAPD HQs Outdoor Plaza

# 1 Stage of First Street Side MC Area
MC: Janet LeBlanc, Co-President of NBFK

Ken Koshio, right, and Kenzoo

Japanese Taiko Tribute: 12:40 – 1:00pm
Japanese Taiko Drumming & Roots Music by Ken KOSHIO & KENZOO

Booths: 1:00 – 3:00pm
Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate Prefectural Organizations of Southern California

L.A. County Fire Department Fire Truck:  1:00 – 3:00pm

Tsugaru Shamisen Sasaki Mitsuru Sangenkai

Music Tribute:
Tsugaru Shamisen Sasaki Mitsuru Sangenkai  by Mitsuru Sasaki, Keisuke Kurachi, Terry Nguyen, Mariko Chibana, Greg Matsuura, Yasuko Komatsu, Sachiko Morita, Katsuko Kanno, Issei Fujiya, James Low, Naomi Ura, Junko Hattori, Naoki Atkins, Sean Miura, Ken Matsutsuru

Japanese martial art demonstrations:
Southern California Kendo Organization (SCKO)

Closing: Japanese Taiko Tribute

# 2 Stage of the LAPD HQs Front Garden MC Area
MC: Richard Fukuhara, Love to Nippon Project

Love to Nippon Project Information, Goods & Flower Offering Desk: 12:40 – 3:30pm

Guest check-in & Media Registration Desk

Nori Tani Jazz Ensemble with Takako Uemura

Music Tribute:
Nori Tani Jazz Ensemble with Takako Uemura  by Nori Tani (Alto Saxophone), Albert Elegino (Trombone),  Hiro Morozumi (Piano), Hiroshi Yamaguchi (Bass), David Cheung (Drums), Takako Uemura (Vocals)

Booths: 1:00 – 3:00pm
American Red Cross Los Angeles Region, Home Depot, Japan Search & Dog Association by Naoko Kawano, Naomi Hosono, Isso Takahashi, Hiromi Suzuki

Los Angeles County Fire Department, Fire chief Daryl L. Osby

Origami making tables & chairs as well as providing the rest chairs for the public
Origami making demonstration by Ms. Yoshiko Oishi & her friends

Closing Invocation:   3:30 – 3:35pm
Rev. Mark Nakagawa, Centenary United Methodist Church

# 3 Stage of the LAPD HQs Upper Garden MC Area
MCs: Lori Gardea, Toby Mallen of NBFK and Kay Kayoko Inose, Kitty Sankey of Japanese Women’s Society of Southern California

Kannushi (priest) Izumi Hasegawa

Shinto Prayer: 12:40 – 1:00pm
Izumi Hasegawa, Senior Priest of Shusse Inari Jinja of Shinto Shrine

Los Angeles Todo-Kai with Shoshi Kanokohata

Music Tribute:
Los Angeles Todo-Kai with Shoshi Kanokohata on Shakuhachi
Yuki Selley Ikebe, Shigeko Umino, Mack Umino, (Japanese traditional instrument of Koto)
Shoshi Kanokohata (Japanese traditional instrument of Shakuhachi)

National Anthems of the United States of America and Japan:
Grateful Four: Michael Murata, Aimee Machida, Lisa Horikawa, Helen Ota

Interfaith Service: 2:00 – 2:45pm
Izumi Hasegawa, Senior Priest of Shusse Inari Jinja of Shinto Shrine
Rev. Timothy Yee, Union Church of Los Angeles
Cantor Seth Ettinger, Wilshire Boulevard Temple
Nikkei Interfaith Group of Little Tokyo and Los Angeles Buddhist Temple Federation

Appreciation Remarks: The Hon. Akira Chiba, Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles

Music Tribute:  2:50 – 3:00 pm
“Flower” & “Hana Wa Saku” by Nikkei Choral Federation of Southern California

Closing Remarks: Masako Unoura-Tanaka & Doug Erber

Music Tribute:
Los Angeles Todo-Kai with Shoshi Kanokohata

Love to Nippon 2018 will be held on March 11 and see you again!