One Year Anniversary of 3.11 DISASTER

By TERRY - Last updated: 月曜日, 3月 12, 2012 - Save & Share - Leave a Comment

3.11; the unforgettable day has come again… March 11th 2011 was the most tragic day for Japan in its postwar history.  There are a lot of TV programs featuring  the one year anniversary of the national tragedy and  many memorial rituals and ceremonies to commmorate it are hosted alL over Japan and even some foreign countries, such as France, US, and others.

And now,  3.11 2012, a  special one year  annversary and  commemorative ceremony  for the souls of the victims of the worst disaster in Tohoku and East Japan at The National Theater in Chiyoda ward where The Imperial Palace is located in Tokyo.

the Emperor and Empress praying at the altar


Our emperor, empress, each head of the three branches of  the government including  Prime Minister Noda,and about 1,200  survival family members from Miyagi, Fukushima, and Iwate attended this special memorial ceremony.

The emperor, to whom this was the first official activity since discharged from the hospital after having undergone a bypass heart surgery,  gave a remark, saying,”I do expect all of our people keep making constant efforts to sympathize with the sufferers in order to improve the circumstances of the damaged areas and ” , extending deep condolences to the sufferers and areas.

Noda said, “I shall complete reconstructing damaged areas asap. I will give utmost supports to strife of those who are trying to restore their home lands. Our strife with the nuclear plants are still going on, and I shall restore Fukushima whatever it may takes.”

Some survival family member says, “Considering the chagrin and despair of the victims and huge grieves of the breaved families, i am entirely speechless.”   Even young children who are sufferers  participated in the solem ceremony.

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