Friday, February 20, 2015

2015 3.11 Events in Boston

If you're aware of a 3.11 event that I haven't listed, please post a comment with a link to the event or details if the info isn't on a public webpage. This page will be updated if I find out about more events.

March 11, 2015 will be the fourth anniversary of the historic triple disaster that Japan experienced in Tōhoku on March 11, 2011. Although the world's attention has moved on to other disasters, some groups in Boston continue to be involved in supporting Japan through this crisis and educating the public. If you're interested in learning more, please consider attending one of these events. Events are listed in chronological order.

Film Screening: Live Your Dream: The Taylor Anderson Story

In conversation with Film Director Regge Life

This remarkable documentary offers a glimpse into the life of Taylor Anderson (JET Program, Miyagi prefecture, 2008-11), a young American woman who dedicated herself to teaching Japanese children, through in-depth personal accounts from her loved ones. Laced with emotional recollections, moving photographs and home movies which are as many bits of the wonderful puzzle that was her incredible existence, the film walks the viewer through Taylor's 24 years on earth and untimely end caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011. In light of the tragedy, the film sends a message of hope for all to follow their hearts. [90 minutes. USA, 2012. BD.]

Regge Life has been making groundbreaking films for over two decades including the acclaimed Doubles: Japan and America’s Intercultural Children , and most recently Reason to Hope, which chronicles the events surrounding the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

Date & Time
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
6:00pm - 8:00 pm

Harvard University
CGIS South Bldg., 1730 Cambridge St., Tsai Auditorium S010, Cambridge, MA 02138


3.11 Japan Memorial Charity 2015: Remembrance of Earthquake and Tsunami

MIT Japanese Tea Ceremony will hold their annual remembrance and fundraising event at the Sanzashi-An Tea House on Showa Boston's campus. Each session is about 45 minutes, includes Japanese Tea Ceremony performance with Japanese confectionery and green tea. Children are welcome to join and babysitter available upon request.

Date & Time
Sunday, March 8, 2015
RSVP by Thursday, March 5, 2015

Showa Boston, Sanzashi-An Tea House
420 Pond St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Free admission, with suggested donation from $20
*Donations without participation in Ceremony or at the door is also appreciated

All Proceeds from this event with be donated to Japan Earthquake Relief Fund, Japan Society of New York to support reconstruction of the disaster.

Cranes on the Square

This year is the third annual Cranes on the Square event organized by local teacher Tim Nagaoka with support from the Boston Parks & Recreation Department, the Japanese Consulate, and the Japan Society of Boston. Volunteers will teach people how to fold origami cranes which will form a temporary public art piece in Copley Square then be collected and delivered to people in the disaster area.

Date & Time
Sunday, March 8, 2015
11:30am - 4:30pm

Copley Square, Boston, MA

Survival and Recovery after the Great East Japan Earthquake

Survival rates and recovery rates from the Great East Japan Earthquake and resulting tsunami have varied tremendously across the coastal towns in Japan's Tohoku area. A few villages and towns have rebuilt all of their schools, repopulated homes, and reestablished businesses and infrastructure, while others struggle to do so.

Using quantitative data, Professor Daniel Aldrich of Purdue University will illuminate the factors responsible for these outcomes in a lecture, followed by a reception with light snacks.

Date & Time
Monday, March 9, 2015

Tufts University, Olin Center, 180 Packard Ave., Room 012, Medford, MA 02155

Survival and Recovery from the Tohoku Disaster

Daniel Aldrich, Purdue University
Chiaki Moriguchi, Stanford University

Weatherhead Center Program on U.S.-Japan Relations Spring Seminar co-sponsored with the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies and the Harvard Kennedy School Program on Crisis Leadership

Date & Time
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
12:30pm - 2:00pm

Harvard University
CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge St., Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), Cambridge, MA 02138

Harvard has been doing a great job of hosting talks year-round about the problems Japan is still facing after 3.11. Talks are open to the public, though inconveniently scheduled for people with 9-5 jobs. Some of the talks are posted on the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations Vimeo page.

Meditation for Fukushima 

Tewassa, a Cambridge-based volunteer group that produces "message quilts" for schools and organizations in the Tōhoku region, will be holding a memorial event

Date & Time
Saturday, March 14, 2015
4pm - 6pm

GrayMist Studio & Shop
364 Huron Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Public Transit & Parking
GrayMist is accessible by the 72 and 75 buses from Harvard Square. There is free on-street parking along Huron Ave.

Updates from Tohoku & A Night of Remembrance

The MIT 3.11 Initiative's Shun Kanda will be speaking at this event.

"Updates from Tohoku, a journey to new life," is a commemoration of the fourth anniversary of 3.11, the disaster that occurred on March 11, 2011 in the northeastern region of Japan and affected nearly 500,000 people, including 20,000 deaths and missing.

Hosted by the Consulate-General of Japan in Boston, Berklee College of Music, Fish Family Foundation, Japan Society of Boston, and the U.S.-Japan Council/TOMODACHI Initiative, the event will be held from 6pm to 8pm on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at Berklee College of Music.

With the purpose to not let Tohoku be forgotten, the event will celebrate the friendship between Boston and Tohoku, and showcase individuals and projects working on the disaster ground, including Shun Kanda of the MIT Japan 3/11 Initiative, Anne Nishimura Morse of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Megumi Ishimoto of Women's Eyes. Two Berklee students, recipients of the TOMODACHI - Suntory scholarship program, will also perform short pieces as tributes to Tohoku.

Date & Time
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
6pm - 8 pm

Berklee College of Music, The Red Room @ Cafe 939 
939 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02115

Free. Please register here.