SAN FRANCISCO — In honor of the victims and survivors of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, a community remembrance event will be held Sunday, March 11, at the Japantown Peace Plaza, Post and Buchanan streets, San Francisco.

The public is invited to participate in this free event to observe the one-year anniversary of the disaster and to show continued support for the people of Japan.

The two-hour event will begin at 2 p.m. and will include a moment of silence at 2:46 p.m. — the exact time the disaster struck.

NBC Bay Area reporter George Kiriyama will serve as emcee.

The ceremony will also include an update on the Tohoku region in Japan; an interfaith remembrance by members of the Japanese American Religious Federation; performances by Gen Taiko and Nihonmachi Little Friends; a presentation of flowers by the Ikenobo Ikebana Society of America; a reading by Peter Yamamoto; shigin by Kokuseiryu Shigin Kai; and remarks by Consul General Hiroshi Inomata and San Francisco city and county officials.

Other earthquake/tsunami-related events will take place in Japantown starting at 12 noon.

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Participating organizations:

Japanese American Religious Federation members — Buddhist Church of San Francisco, Christ Episcopal Church-Sei Ko Kai, Christ United Presbyterian Church, Hokkeshu Buddhist Church of Honnoji, Konko Church of San Francisco, Nichiren Buddhist Church of America, Pine United Methodist Church, Rissho Koseikai Buddhist Church, St. Francis Xavier Japanese Catholic Society, San Francisco Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Sokoji-Soto Mission of San Francisco, Tenrikyo America West Church

Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach, Boy Scout Troop 58, Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco, Genryu Arts, Inori 311, JACL Northern California-Western Nevada-Pacific District, Japan Society of Northern California, Japanese Benevolent Society of California, Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California, Japanese Community Youth Council, Japantown Merchants Association, Japantown Task Force, Nihonmachi Little Friends, Omotesenke Domonkai, San Francisco JACL, Vancouver International Piano Festival by People with Disabilities

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