The event is co-presented by the Japan America Society of Southern California and the Love to Nippon Project, with the cooperation of the Asia America Symphony Association, Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles, Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, Iwate Kenjin Kai, Nichibei Fujinkai, Nikkei Senior Gardens in San Fernando Valley, Union Church of Los Angeles, and many other community organizations.
Offerings of flowers and incense for the victims of last year’s earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan will be made from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own flowers and incense.
A program emceed by David Ono of ABC7 Eyewitness News will be held from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Speakers will include LAPD Deputy Chief Terry Hara, Consul General Jun Niimi, and Nancy Woo Hiromoto, chair of the JASSC.
Battalion Chief Larry Collins of the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Urban Search and Rescue, which went to the tsunami zone shortly after the disaster, will give a presentation.
Ono’s documentary about Japan’s recovery over the past year will be screened, followed by a Q&A session.
The program will also include a musical tribute by the Asia America Youth Orchestra String Quartet and a panel discussion among Southern Californians who volunteered after the earthquake and tsunami.
Seating is limited; early reservations are recommended. Go to www.jas-socal.org.