Can You See Our Lights?
Japan Society (333 E. 47th St., Manhattan)
Free, tickets distributed starting at 12:30pm
Remarks by Ambassador Shigeyuki Hiroki, Consul General of Japan in New York, at 2:30 PM.
A moment of silence will be observed at 2:46 PM, following remarks by Ambassador Hiroki.
Japanese summer festivals serve as a time to hold memorial services for the souls of the departed. Although some of the many places devastated by the disaster were unable to hold their colorful and passionate centuries-old festivals, the people of Rikuzen-Takada, Soma, Minami-Soma and some other cities decided to go ahead as usual. The program shows festival committee members busily repairing damaged floats and drums and encouraging the participation of dispersed former residents. What are the thoughts of the people holding these summer festivals? And what do they hope to express in them?
Part of ONE YEAR LATER: Commemorating the One-Year Anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake & Tsunami.