Remembering 3/11 in New York

As we approach the second anniversary of the devastating earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster in Northeastern Japan, several organizations have planned memorials, film screenings, and symposia.

“SUNRISE FEST” ~A Day for You & Japan~
2nd Annual Memorial Festival for Japan’s 3.11 Disaster by Stairway to the Dream Entertainment

Sunday, March 10 from 1:30 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.

Public Assembly – 70 N 6th Street, Brooklyn

Admission: Free until 4:00 p.m. / $10 after 4:00 p.m.


The Land of Hope
Sunday, March 10 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

Japan Society – 333 East 47th Street (between First and Second Avenues)

Tickets: $12/$9 Japan Society members

From director Sion Sono, The Land of Hope is a fictional film about the 3/11-related nuclear power plant meltdown and recounts the disaster and tragedy in two families. NETPAC Award for Best Asian Film at the 37th Toronto International Film Festival.


The Great East Japan Earthquake: Creative Responses and Social Imagination

Sunday, March 10 from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

The Diana Center, Event Oval, Barnard College, Columbia University – 3009 Broadway

Admission: Free

Consortium for Japan Relief and various organizations present this symposium, which will shed light on creative responses to Tohoku and will aim to stimulate critical dialogue for change across social, cultural, political, and economic boundaries. The program includes inspiring presentations by renowned scholars, filmmakers, performance artists, organizers, and student-led groups all dedicated to various aspects of relief and community rebuilding.


Together For 3.11 Second Anniversary Memorial for Japan’s Earthquake and Tsunami Victims

First Church of Christ, Scientist – 10 West 68th Street at C.P.W.
Sunday, March 10 from 4:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Admission: Free (accepting donations for Japan relief)

During this memorial event, Fellowship for Japan will show video letters from people in the affected areas showing how they are doing today. Attendees will have the opportunity to reflect on the victims’ lives and send them prayers. Their message is, “We have not forgotten you. Together we will overcome and help Japan recover.”



Sunday, March 10 at 3:30 p.m.

CRS – 123 4th Ave, 2nd Floor (between 12 & 13th Streets)

Suggested donation: $30 at the door, cash only

The program includes a reading of Kurotama Project’s new project, “The Uniform” by Kobo Abe, letters from children of Tohoku, and a dance video showing dedicates to Tohoku. Donations will be sent directly to the Iinokawa-daiichi-primary school in Ishinomaki-city, Miyagi, Japan.


3.11. Peace Walk NYC

Monday, March 11 at 11:00 a.m.

Times Square

The World Network for Saving Children from Radiation is walking from Times Square to the UN in support of Fukushima natives who currently reside in New England. Following the walk at around noon, there will be a ceremony at Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza on the corner of 47th street and First Avenue. Monks and friends of 2013 Walk for New Spring from New England Peace Pagoda and Grafton Peace Pagoda will also participate in the event.


The Ultimate Wish, Ending the Nuclear Age

Monday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m.

Anthology Film Archives – 32 Second Ave at Second Street

Admission: $10/$5 students and seniors (cash only at the door)

Join Film Maker Kathleen Sullivan and featured analyst Mary Olson for a showing of this new film on the second anniversary of Tohoku earthquake that triggered the ongoing Fukushima nuclear disaster. Following the 39-minute film, guest speakers will join the panel for a discussion and Q&A.


Symposium: The Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident

Monday, March 11 and Tuesday, March 12 from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

The New York Academy of Medicine – 1216 Fifth Ave at 103rd Street

Admission: $60 in advance/$50 students with valid ID (lunch included)
$60 at the door (no lunch)

A unique two-day symposium at which an international panel of leading medical and biological scientists, nuclear engineers, and policy experts will make presentations on and discuss the bio-medical and ecological consequences of the Fukushima disaster, will be held.
Chaired by Donald Louria, MD, Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health of the University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey, the symposium is a project of The Helen Caldicott Foundation.


Symposium: How to protect the right to health of women and children from the nuclear accident in Fukushima?

Wednesday, March 13 from 10:30 a.m. until noon

777 UN Plaza, 11th Floor (First Avenue at 44th Street)

Admission : Free – *Pre-registration required (Contact:

A human rights expert from Japan, a medical doctor from Japan, and a medical doctor from the U.S. will speak about how the lives and health of local women, children, and others in the Fukushima area are being affected after the disaster and what should be done to provide immediate relief. The actions called for in the December 15, 2012, Human Rights Now “Civil Society Statement” to implement immediately the recent recommendations by the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health will be highlighted. Q&A session will follow the presentations.
Speakers:Professor Hiroko Goto, Chiba Univ. (Human Rights Now)
Dr. Hisako Sakiyama, MD., Japan
Dr. Maureen McCue, M.D., Physicians for Social Responsibility, USA