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Little Tokyo to mark anniversary of Japan earthquake and tsunami

March 11, 2012 |  7:32 am

TsunamiLos Angeles residents will commemorate the victims of last year's tsunami in Japan with a service and candlelight vigil in Little Tokyo on Sunday.

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.


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Photo: Workers retrieve a body from a rice field in Nakanosawa, Japan, after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Credit: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times