Photos by MARIO G. REYES
At precisely 2:46 p.m. on Sunday, the bell in the courtyard of Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple tolled in remembrance of the victims of last year’s 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan. Little Tokyo was a central gathering place to remember and reflect on the disasters that killed thousands and left thousands more homeless one year ago. More than 150 people attended the memorial service sponsored by the Los Angeles Buddhist Church Federation. Later that evening a candlelight service was held in front of the Japanese American National Museum. Above, Bishop Noriaki Ito of Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple offers a prayer during the vigil.