How New York Will Commemorate 3.11

On March 11, 2011, the worst natural disaster to strike Japan in 140 years occurred when a magnitude 9.0 earthquake triggered a tsunami whose waves devastated the northeastern coast of Japan and set in motion a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

As we approach the fifth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, New Yorkers are organizing memorials, talks, exhibitions, and concerts to commemorate the triple disaster and to remind us all that the recovery process is still ongoing.

Here are the top six area events that you can’t miss:

    Sunday, March 6 from 4:45 p.m. until 6:15 p.m. (Doors open at 4:00 p.m.)
    First Church of Christ, Scientist – 10 W. 68th Street at Central Park West
    Admission: Free (Donations for Japan Relief will be accepted)
    New York’s Japanese community comes together for this powerful and touching event that features speeches from locals involved in the recovery efforts and video messages from survivors in the affected areas. Bring tissues.
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  1. j-Summit New York – Japan Earthquake and Relief Fund vol. 28
    Sunday, March 6 from 6:00 p.m. until 11:55 p.m. (Doors open at 5:30 p.m.)
    The Bowery Electric – 327 Bowery (between 2nd and 3rd Streets)
    Admission: $15
    Concert featuring Japanese and local artists to raise money for Japan relief.
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  1. 3-11 and 9-11 Survivor Stories
The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Five Years Later
    Tuesday, March 8 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
    Asia Society – 725 Park Avenue at E. 70th Street
    Admission: $30/$25 seniors and students/$20 members
    Tom Nagorski, Executive Vice President of Asia Society, moderates a panel of speakers ranging from 3-11 and 9-11 survivors, first responders, and medical personnel who have established mental health programs. “3-11 and 9-11: Survivor Stories” features representatives from both communities, a short documentary film, and a conversation about the power of human connection and healing.
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  1. Japan Week 2016
    Thursday, March 10 from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
    Friday, March 11 from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
    Saturday, March 12 from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.
    Grand Central Terminal Vanderbilt Hall
    Admission: Free
    Although Japan Week 2016 is not officially an event to commemorate 3.11, the emphasis is on travel to Hokkaido and Northern Tohoku.
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  1. In the Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11
    Friday, March 11 through Sunday, June 12
    Japan Society – 332 E. 47th Street (between First and Second Avenues)
    Admission: $12/$10 seniors and students/Free Japan Society members and children under 16
    Opening five years to the day since 3/11, Japan Society’s presentation of In the Wake reveals a stunning range of photographic responses to the disaster and the artistic paths that lie ahead as Japan continues to rebuild. Experience the power of art to transcend unspeakable tragedy with works by some of Japan’s leading visionaries, including Nobuyoshi Araki, Naoya Hatakeyama, Keizō Kitajima, Lieko Shiga, and Tomoko Yoneda.
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  1. After Fukushima: A 24-Hour Event
    Friday, March 11 at 4:00 p.m. until Saturday, March 12 at 10:00 p.m.
    Danspace Project at St. Marks Church in-the-Bowery – 131 E. 10th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
    Admission: Free for Conversation Without Walls and Exhibition; $20/$10 children 12 and younger for A Body in Places: Eiko Solos
    Japanese-born dancer and choreographer Eiko, in collaboration with photographer William Johnston and Danspace, is the focus of a 24-hour photo exhibition.
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