SeattleJapanRelief.org and the Consulate General of Japan in Seattle will hold a special community event on Sunday, March 11, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Seattle Center. The event, held on the one-year anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake will focus on three themes: remembrance, preparedness and rebuilding.
The program will begin with a short opening ceremony at the Fisher Pavilion at 10:00 a.m., and will feature musical performances by singer Fumi Tagata and koto ensemble Silk Strings. From 10:40 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Fisher Pavilion, there will be exhibits and presentations by local and national emergency management authorities and non-profit preparedness groups about both work in Japan following last year’s disaster, and also how to be more prepared for a major natural disaster in the Pacific Northwest. Attendees can also learn about ways to continue to support Japan as it recovers. The Consulate-General of Japan will be showing the film, Ganbappe Hula Girls! From 12:00 p.m., a film on the disaster, recovery and rebuilding process in Japan, and will have an exhibition of photographs and messages from children from the Tohoku Area.
The event will close with a memorial ceremony held at the Kobe Bell, where the victims of The Great East Japan Earthquake will be remembered. Following remarks by elected officials, and a short Buddhist ceremony honoring the victims, the public will have an opportunity to ring the Kobe Bell. A moment of silence will be observed at 2:46 p.m., which corresponds to the time of the disaster in Japan on March 11th.
The Kobe Bell is a gift from Seattle’s oldest sister city of Kobe, Japan, given in 1962 in honor of the World’s Fair. The Kobe Bell has been a gathering place for Seattleites to remember the Kobe earthquake disaster of 1995 for the past 17 years.
SeattleJapanRelief.org began as a collaboration of Japanese American and Japan-related groups that has grown into a diverse ranges of businesses, organizations and community groups standing together to promote relief and recovery following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Coalition groups have collectively raised over $250,000 dollars and donated those funds through our charity partners.
Confirmed exhibitors at this March 11th event include: The Consulate General of Japan, Peace Winds America, Red Cross, the YMCA of Greater Seattle, and the City of Seattle Office of Emergency Management.