Little Tokyo to mark anniversary of Japan earthquake and tsunami
The memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. at the Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple at 815 E. First St. A gigantic bell will ring at 2:46 p.m., the time at which the earthquake occurred.
The service will be followed by a candlelight vigil at 6:30 p.m. in the plaza of the Japanese American National Museum. Organizers with the Nikkei Interfaith Group of Little Tokyo said the candles are meant to support Little Tokyo and to symbolize the "importance of solidarity amongst all of humankind in the face of this world disaster."
The earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011, left nearly 20,000 dead or missing and caused a nuclear disaster.
-- Anna Gorman
Photo: Workers retrieve a body from a rice field in Nakanosawa, Japan, after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Credit: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times