First Church of Christ, Scientist
10 West 68th Street at Central Park West
New York, NY 10023
Sunday, March 4, 2018 from 4 PM - 7 PM
On March 11, 2011, how many souls were taken, and how deeply did Japan mourn? Seven years have passed, and Tohoku is recovering steadily. Although the people who lost loved ones will never stop grieving, seven years is a significant period of time for younger generations to experience many important life changes. This year, those who were in elementary school and high school at the time of the disaster will speak to us from the New York stage. Tohoku’s future has just begun. We are still hearing the message, “Please do not let the memory of that disaster fade from your minds.” What we can do for people in Tohoku is to never lose that memory. Let us come together again, listen to those voices from Tohoku, and once more send our prayers to the survivors and the souls who were lost. Our message is: “We have not forgotten you. Together we will overcome and help Japan recover.”
– SIDE BY SIDE – Let us join our hearts TOGETHER!
Admission: Free (donations for Japan Relief will be accepted)
All profits will be used to support relief in Japan's affected areas. 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake and the Great East Japan Earthquake in Tohoku.
No registration is required for this event. Anyone can attend.
Seating is limited, please come early. This event will be filmed and photographed by the news media.
Please bring a pen to write a message for the people in affected area in Japan. There will be a card inside of the program. These message cards will be collected at the church, and sent to Japan.
4:00pm Doors Open
4:45pm Ceremony starts
Ceremony starts by AK Akemi Kakihara, TOGETHER FOR 311 Executive Director
Ambassador Reiichiro Takahashi, Consul General of Japan in New York (Speech)
A Moment of Silence
Message from Tohoku (Video Digest)
Akari Otomo, "acary", Illustrator and graphic designer, Iwanuma, Miyagi Prefecture (Speech)
Masao Uchibori, Governor of Fukushima Prefecture (Video Message)
Circle Wind Boys & Girls Choir (Performance)
Shoma Okamoto, Director, Sakura Line 311 (NPO), Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture (Video Message)
Students of Futaba Future High School, Fukushima Prefecture (Speech)
Video Message by Minato Preschool, Soma, Fukushima Prefecture
Sing-Along FURUSATO, with Miori Inata’s Photo
Speech by Mr. Motoatsu Sakurai, President of Japan Society
Ceremony closes by AK Akemi Kakihara
7:00pm Doors Close
Communal time until doors close. Fundrasing items are for sale by the entrance.