Mar 1-4: Memorial events for Japanese disaster victims

March 1: USC Discussion “The Great Tohoku Earthquake, One Year Later”

University of Southern California Center for Japanese Religion and Culture

Spring 2012 Program

CJRC Lecture Series Luncheon

The Great Tohoku Earthquake, One Year Later: A Discussion about Japan’s Path to Recovery Based on Volunteer Experience

By Scott Wilbur, Ph.D. Student (Politics and International Relations), USC School of International Relations

Location: East Asian Seminar Room (110C), Doheny Memorial Library

Date & Time: Thursday, March 1, 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

In December 2011 Scott spent ten days in the coastal town of Minami Sanriku-cho in Miyagi Prefecture volunteering with the Japanese branch of Caritas, an international Catholic charity organization.

This event is free and open to the public. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. RSVP to


March 2: “ARIGATO from Japan” concert

The Consulate-General of Japan in Los Angeles and the Japan Foundation present “ARIGATO from Japan” concert on Friday, March 2, at 7:00 pm at Ahmanson Theatre in Music Center, 135 North Grand Ave, Downtown Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Admission is free. For reservation, visit

The Los Angeles concert kicks of the worldwide “ARIGATO from Japan” concert to New York, Paris, Beijin, Shanghai, Chongchin, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong.

“ARIGATO from Japan” concert features some of the best musical artists from the region most greatly impacted by the disaster.

The performers will include the world famous taiko ensemble Ondekoza, Bamboo Orchestra, Kazutoki Umezu Orchestra, Ochi Brothers, and Sizzle Ohtaka.

The day before the concert, the performers will offer a workshop to teach children how to make their own traditional Japanese instruments out of bamboo.


March 3: Masayuki Hirahara Piano Concert

Rainbow from LA presents Masayuki Hirahara piano concert on Saturday, March 3, at 6:00 pm at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 9812 Hamilton Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92646. (714) 962-5005. Doors open at 5:30 pm.

Mr. Hirahara has experienced the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995, which has influenced his life greatly. He will be performing “Requiem,” “The Importance of Life,” “Coming Across Each Other” and others, all composed by himself.



March 4: Opening of exhibition “Moving Forward” at Fowler Museum at UCLA

On the occasion of the one-year anniversary of the disaster, Moving Forward: Life after the Great East Japan Earthquakeon display at the Fowler Museum from Mar 4 – Apr 15, 2012 – commemorates the victims and the struggles of the survivors, and highlight the reconstruction and recovery efforts.

Featuring a series of large-scale photographs, short articles, and videos, the exhibition focuses on the stories of the people recovering from the disaster in the Tohoku area, and how the people of Japan are dealing with this difficult situation and helping one another in their day-to-day lives.

This exhibition is co-organized by the UCLA Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies and The Kahoku Shimpo newspaper, and guest-curated by Prof. Hitoshi Abe.

This exhibition debuted in Washington, D.C. in November 2011 and is appearing at the Rockefeller Memorial Church in Chicago in January 2012.

The Fowler is open Wednesdays through Sundays, from noon to 5 pm; and on Thursdays, from noon until 8 pm. The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

The Fowler Museum, part of UCLA Arts, is located in the north part of the UCLA campus. Admission is free. Parking is available for a maximum of $11 in Lot 4. For more information, the public may call (310) 825-4361 or visit