At last year’s program, ministers from local Japanese American churches and temples conduct a memorial service for those lost in the earthquake and tsunami. (J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo)

Love to Nippon 2014, a memorial event commemorating the three-year anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, will take place on Saturday, March 8, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Los Angeles Police Department Headquarters, Ronald F. Deaton Civic Auditorium, 100 W. First Street, Los Angeles.

Prayers and incense will be offered from 1:30 p.m., followed by a memorial program from 3 to 5 p.m.

Presented by Japan America Society of Southern California (JASSC), Nanka Fukushima Kenjinkai, Nichi Bei Fujin Kai (Japan America Women’s Organization) and Love to Nippon Project.

Participants include: Nikkei Interfaith Fellowship Group of Little Tokyo; Los Angeles Buddhist Temple Federation; L.A. Daiku; Grateful Crane Ensemble; Holiness Youth Choir; special delegation from Fukushima Prefecture; L.A. Fire Department Battalion Chief Larry Collins and first responder in Japan David Stone; and the Red Cross.

Attendees are encouraged to bring flowers or incense in loving remembrance of family members and friends lost in the tsunami, as well as those still affected by Japan’s worst natural disaster. The Love to Nippon Project aims to establish “3.11” (March 11) as an official disaster preparedness day for all of Southern California.

Seating is limited. Early reservations are recommended. For more information, visit To register, contact the Japan America Society at or (213) 627-6217.

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