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February 29th 2012
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The Japan Society 3.11 events

One Year Later
Commemorating the One-Year Anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

The Japan Society is preparing for a month-long suite of events to mark the one-year anniversary of the March 11th, 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast. Under the title "One Year Later: Commemorating the One-Year Anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake & Tsunami" a number of ceremonies, lectures, interactive events and film screenings are planned. The Consulate General of Japan in New York will be cooperating with a number of these events.

On Sunday, March 11th, Ambassador Shigeyuki Hiroki, Consul General of Japan in New York, will attend the "Day of Reflection and Contemplation" event as a part of the "One Year Later" series. This event will include children's activities and film screenings, and Ambassador Hiroki will give remarks before presiding over a moment of silence at 2:46pm, the same time that the earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan.

Three films will be screened at this March 11th event. The first is "Can You See Our Lights?" and offers glimpses of the summer festivals held after the earthquake and tsunami in some of the towns hardest hit by the disaster. "Pray for Japan" is a story told by an American living in Japan and take the perspectives of shelters, schools, families and volunteers. Finally, "The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom" is an Academy Award nominated film that looks at the springtime cherry blossoms that bloomed shortly following the disaster.

Various other events both before March 11th will also take place. An exhibit currently running at the Japan Society, "Memory: Things We Should Never Forget" features 47 photos taken of the disaster area, and will run until the end of May. A corporate luncheon entitled "One Year Later: Recovery and Resilience in Japan" will take place on March 6th to discuss the character of the Japanese people in the aftermath of the disaster.

After the March 11th event, members of the general public are free to attend several other programs. "SHINSAI: The Conversation - Theater Artists Respond to the Earthquake in Japan" brings artists together from the SHINSAI project to discuss their experiences with this short performance series, whose proceeds went to help victims of the disaster. "Tohoku post - 3.11 - What's Happening Now" is a roundtable discussion of experts and professionals in NGOs that are helping in the recovery and reconstruction of the Tohoku region. A webinar for educators will also be hosted in order to provide insight into both the disaster and recovery efforts, as well as ideas for teaching about these disasters in the classroom.

Please see the Japan Society website for more information on these and other programs related to the March 11th earthquake and tsunami.

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