2012, Mar 11: Los Angeles to commemorate victims of 2011 Japan disaster


Kesennmuna Hajikami Memorial Monument

March 11: One-Year Memorial Service by Los Angeles Buddhist Church Federation

Sunday, March 11, at 2:00 pm at Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, 815 East First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012, (213) 680-9130. Open to public.

March 11: Candlelight Vigil on One-Year Anniversary

A community-wide candlelight vigil will be held on March 11 at 6:30 pm at the intersection of First Street and Central Avenue on the Japanese American National Museum plaza in Little Tokyo. Supported by the Nikkei Interfaith Group of Little Tokyo.


March 11: Memorial concert to premiere “Fukushima Requiem”

Eight choral groups in Los Angeles area will gather to premiere “Fukushima Requiem” to dedicate to all the people of Tohoku on Sunday, March 11 at 4:00 pm at West Covina Christian Church, 1100 East Cameron Ave, West Covina, CA 91790, (626) 917-0743.

Door opens at 3:30 pm. Admission free.

“Fukushima Requiem” is composed by Dr. Jeffrey Bernstein, music director and conductor of the Pasadena Master Chorale. On March 11, Dr. Bernstein will conduct 120 singers of eight choral groups.

For more information, contact Yasumasa Tanano of L.A. Daiku at (310) 625-4222 or email tanachin99@aol.com




Memorial Event for the 3/11 Great East Japan Earthquake is organized by Japan America Society of Southern California & Love to Nippon Project on Sunday, March 11, from 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm at Ronald F. Deaton Civic Auditorium,

LAPD Police Administration Building, 100 West First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Emcee: David Ono, Anchor, ABC7 Eyewitness News

Program of Events:

Documentary film screening by David Ono, ABC7

Panel Discussion by volunteers who visited Ofunato

Music Tribute by Asia America Youth Orchestra String Quartet

More details will be posted online as they become available at www.jas-socal.org

(213) 627-6217  info@jas-socal.org

March 11: Good in Gardena concert

LA-based, contemporary taiko group, On Ensemble, presents an afternoon

of food and music on Sunday, March 11 from 12:00 noon at Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute, 1964 West 162nd Street, Gardena, CA 90247.

At noon, a meet-the-performers lunch features local, vegetarian food and music by top-ranked tsugaru shamisen player, Suwada Seijyuro.

At 1:15 pm, enthusiastic slant drummers convene for the southern California debut of the Matsuri Crashers Battle, with audience voting!  The events culminate in a 2 pm concert featuring On Ensemble repertoire alongside selections from the Kabuki musical repertoire.

Held on the one-year anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, the concert debuts “9.0” for taiko and oboe, dedicated to musicians in Sendai, Japan.

Tickets are $25 and are available at OnEnsemble.org.

$5 discount for cyclists and indoor bike valet.


March 11: “The Tsunami and Cherry Blossom” screening in Arizona

2012 Academy Award nominated documentary ”The Tsunami and Cherry Blossom” screening will be held at Arizona Historical Society, Steele Auditorium, 1300 N College Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281, on Sunday, March 11 at 2 pm.

Doors open at 1:30 pm. Suggested donations are $10. Sponsored by the Japanese Culture Club of Arizona.



Office of the Vice President


March 9, 2012

Statement by the Vice President on the One Year Anniversary of 3/11 in Japan

On Sunday we will mark the first anniversary of the terrible disaster that shook an island, surged an ocean and cracked a reactor in the Tohoku region of Japan.  As we remember the nearly 16,000 lives that were lost and the 3,000 still missing, we also honor the Japanese people, who over the past year have reminded the world that the human spirit is as formidable as the forces of nature, particularly when we join together in trying times.

I had the privilege of visiting Japan five months after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.  The survivors I met in Natori and Sendai made clear to me that the disaster met its match in the resilience and fortitude of the Japanese people.  While struck by the scale of the devastation, I also witnessed remarkable and inspiring progress in rebuilding homes, schools, and workplaces.

The American people were proud and honored to assist Japan, just as Japan has done for countless others around the world, in their times of need.  Within hours of the disaster, we launched an unprecedented civilian and military relief effort – Operation Tomodachi.  In Sendai, I visited an airport that had been flooded and later became a home to more than 1,000 weary survivors with nowhere else to go.  A week after the tsunami, Japanese and American forces reopened a runway, allowing the arrival of hundreds of relief workers and more than two million tons of humanitarian supplies.

We are proud to have continued our support over the past year. As Japan rebuilds, America will stand with them as long as it takes.  We join the Japanese people today in honoring the memories of those lost as they continue to work for a better future.