TOGETHER FOR 3.11 7th Anniversary Memorial for Japan’s Earthquake and Tsunami Victims
Sunday, March 4 from 4:45 p.m. until 6:15 p.m. (doors open at 4:00 p.m. and close at 7:00 p.m.)
First Church of Christ, Scientist – 10 W. 68th Street at Central Park West
Admission: Free (donations for Japan Relief will be accepted)
Fellowship for Japan, a coalition of Japan Relief organizations, is holding its annual memorial to commemorate the anniversary of the 3.11 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster that devastated the Tohoku region of Japan in 2011. Moderated by UNIVERSAL MUSIC Japan Recording Artist AK Akemi Kakihara, TOGETHER FOR 311 Executive Director, Fellowship for Japan, the event will be a somber and hopeful tribute those who lost their lives in the disaster and those still recovering, featuring in-person speeches by leaders of the Japanese American community in New York and video messages from Japan.
- Ambassador Reiichiro Takahashi, Consul General of Japan in New York (Speech)
- Motoatsu Sakurai, President of Japan Society (Speech)
- Masao Uchibori, Governor, Fukushima Prefecture (Video Message)
- Akari Otomo (acary), Illustrator, Iwanuma, Miyagi Prefecture (Speech)
- Shoma Okamoto, Director, Sakura Line 311 (NPO), Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture (Video Message)
- Students of Futaba Future High School, Fukushima Prefecture (Speech)
- Minato Preschool, Soma, Fukushima Prefecture (Video Message)
- Circle Wind Boys & Girls Choir (Performance)
Event organizers will collect donations, and all profits will be used to support relief in Japan’s affected areas from the Great East Japan Earthquake in Tohoku as well as the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake.
How to Donate:
- Check for Consulate General of Japan:
Please make your checks payable to “Consulate General of Japan” and indicate Japan Earthquake Relief Fund on the memo section of the check.
- Check for Japan Society:
Please make your checks payable to “Japan Society” and indicate Japan Earthquake Relief Fund on the memo section of the check
- Purchase handcrafted items from Tohoku for sale at the entrance of the venue
Fellowship for Japan will collect your personal messages for the people in affected areas. Please bring your own pen to write a message on the card enclosed the program you will receive at the door, and the organizers will send all of the messages to Japan.
TOGETHER FOR 3.11 is free and open to the public. Anyone is welcome to attend, including children of all ages. There is no dress code, and no registration is required.
The memorial is a collaborative event between volunteers, sponsors, and members of Japanese organizations in New York and operates under the auspices of the Consulate General of Japan in New York; Japan Society; The Nippon Club, Inc.; Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York, Inc.; The Japanese American Association of New York; New York Japanese-American Lions Club; Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE/USA); JETRO New York; The Japan Foundation, New York; NPO JaNet; New York TOCHIGI Kenjin-kai; Chiba-ken Nanohana-kai; and IBARAKI Kenjin-kai.
For more information, please visit the TOGETHER FOR 3.11 Facebook event page.
Message from the TOGETHER FOR 3.11 Committee:
On March 11, 2011, how many souls were taken, and how deeply did Japan mourn?
Seven years have passed, and Tohoku is recovering steadily.
Although the people who lost loved ones will never stop grieving, seven years is a significant period of time for younger generations to experience many important life changes.
This year, those who were in elementary school and high school at the time of the disaster will speak to us from the New York stage.
Tohoku’s future has just begun.
We are still hearing the message, “Please do not let the memory of that disaster fade from your minds.”
What we can do for people in Tohoku is to never lose that memory.
Let us come together again, listen to those voices from Tohoku, and once more send our prayers to the survivors and the souls who were lost.
Our message is: “We have not forgotten you. Together we will overcome and help Japan recover.”
– SIDE BY SIDE – Let us join our hearts TOGETHER!