The earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, 2011, killed more than 18,000 people and laid waste to cities up and down its northern coast. The country’s disaster zones are nowhere near recovered.
More than 300,000 evacuees live in temporary housing, including prefabricated home intended for short-term living. Permanent homes may be years from completion. (Wall Street Journal, March 8, 2013)
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Kajima Auto Park, $3 flat rate (San Pedro Street and 1st Street)
Little Tokyo Mall Parking, $4 flat late
Joe’s Auto Parks, $5 flat late Saturday/Sunday
New parking – 101 N Judge Jon Aiso St. – First 2 hours is $1.00, 3rd hour is additional $3.00, Maximum daily rate is $14.00
Love to Nippon, a memorial event to commemorate the second anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, will take place at 2:00 pm on Sunday, March 10 at the Los Angeles Police Department Headquarters, Ronald F. Deaton Civic Auditorium, 100 West First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
Ecumenical service, prayers, flower and incense offering will begin at 2:30 pm. Love to Nippon memorial will begin at 3:30 pm. Admission to memorial is free, but seating is limited .
Presented by Japan America Society of Southern California, Nichi Bei Fujin Kai (Japan America Women’s Organization) and Love to Nippon Project, this memorial event is a community-wide tribute to loved ones lost and for those still suffering from the March 11, 2011 catastrophe.
The memorial will be a peaceful event with prayers, flower and incense offerings and a commemorative program that include Japanese classical and musical tributes from local community and religious organizations.
Guest speakers will also share how people can continue to help and encourage the victims in Japan to rebuild their lives. Love to Nippon attendees are encouraged to bring flowers or incense in loving remembrance of family members and friends lost, as well as those still affected by Japan’s worst natural disaster.
Love to Nippon guest presenters include: Japanese classical dance, Mme. Hisami Wakayagi; Japanese composer and singer Yusuke Tominaga; insger and 2011 Nisei Week Queen, Erika Olson, and; the Holiness Youth Choir and the Orange County Friendship Choir.
Los Angeles Fire Department battalion chief and first responder in Japan, David Stone, will also lead a panel discussion on what Los Angeles is doing to prepare for its own potential earthquake and tsunami.
A documentary video about a tsunami survivor in Minami-Sanriku will be shown.
For reservation, visit the Japan America Society’s website at www.jas-socal.org