Organizers Announce Decision to Cancel TOGETHER for 3.11

Just moments after I posted about TOGETHER for 3.11, the annual ceremony that commemorates the anniversary of the 3.11 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster that devastated the Tohoku region of Japan in 2011, I received word that the event has been officially cancelled. Concerned about the coronoavirus spreading worldwide as well as new cases in the U.S., Fellowship for Japan, the event’s main organizing group, held an emergency meeting.

“As a result, the safety and health of the people gathering at the venue was of paramount importance, and priorities were given to them,” Fellowship for Japan said in a statement emailed to supporting organizations this morning.

“Even if you don’t get together at the venue this year, under the same sky, wherever you are, try to deliver a prayer and support those in the affected area,” the message continued.

Donate to Relief Efforts

The event may be cancelled, but you can still help. If you wish to send a donation in support of 3.11 and/or Typhoon Hagibis disaster relief, you may do so by sending a check to either the Consulate General of Japan or Japan Society.

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.

Mail the check to
Consulate General of Japan
299 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10171
Attn: General Affairs Division

Check for Japan Society:
Please make your checks payable to Japan Society and indicate “Tohoku” or “Hagibis” on the memo section of the check.

Mail the check to
Japan Society
333 E. 47th Street
New York, NY 10017
Attn: Japan Relief Fund

Or you can make your donation online by visiting Japan Society’s website.

March 11, 2020 will mark nine years since the triple disaster. There are 49,000 people still living in temporary housing, and the area will continue to be in recovery mode for years to come.

Let’s take a moment to think of those who have been affected by COVID-19, as well. There are almost 90,000 cases worldwide, and more than three thousand people have died from the virus. Stay healthy!

Community Effort

The memorial is a collaborative event between volunteers, sponsors, and members of Japanese organizations in New York. So many people have put months of hard work into this event, so I wanted to list them here to recognize their efforts. Organizers operate 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; the New York IBARAKI Kenjin-kai; and the New York Gunma Kenjinkai.

Support

  • Brooklyn Japanese American Family Association
  • J-COLLABO
  • LOVE ART AND HELP JAPAN
  • NOTES FOR JAPAN
  • LOVE JAPAN PROJECT
  • j-Summit New York
  • HOME – Gift of Music
  • New York Tokushima Kenjinkai
  • WA PROJECT
  • Ace Music Studio
  • New York Kyoto Club
  • NY Oita Kenjinkai
  • Kyushu no Kai
  • FASHION GIRLS FOR HUMANITY
  • The Men’s Glee Club of N.Y.
  • Japan Choral Harmony (JCH) ”Tomo”

Sponsors

  • New York Japanese-American Lions Club
  • Miho Hanaoka
  • Marubeni America Corporation
  • Hayakawa CPA, LLC
  • Satomi Kawakita Jewelry
  • Shizuka Bernstein
  • Yagi Tsusho America
  • Freemans Sporting Club Incorporated
  • IACE TRAVEL
  • Yukie Natori New York Salon & Spa
  • Yukie Natori
  • Mamoru Kurita
  • Katsuhiko Kawasaki
  • Kumiko Hasegawa
  • SHIMA SEIKI U.S.A. INC.
  • Sachie Hirayama
  • AMNET NEW YORK, INC.
  • Gorgeous Entertainment

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