Hearts Go Out to Japan

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More than 400 people turned out to attend "A Community Remembrance: Our Hearts to Japan" at San Francisco's Japantown Peace Plaza on March 11, the one-year anniversary of the catastrophic earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters in northern Japan. Above, Gen Taiko, led by Melody Takata, performs on the Peace Plaza stage.

As part of the interfaith service, Rev. Ronald Kobata of Buddhist Church of San Francisco rings a gong. He stopped ringing at 2:46 p.m., the exact time the earthquake struck Japan on March 11, 2011.

Children from the Nihonmachi Little Friends After-School Program perform a play about the earthquake and tsunami.

Dianne Fukami, president of the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California’s Board of Directors, and Consul General of Japan in San Francisco Hiroshi Inomata hold up a banner filled with messages of hope for Japan. (Photos courtesy of Jon Kawamoto, JCCCNC/Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund)

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