Run 311 (the fifth 311 Run)


Upcoming 3.11 related events/performances for

AKIRA TANA AND OTONOWA to commemorate 5th

Anniversary of the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake/Tsunami



3/11 Savanna Jazz in San Carlos (8pm)

1189 Laurel St., San Carlos

Limited seating, reservation recommended. $15


3/12 “Tohoku Springs Back!: A Fundraiser Celebrating 5 Years of

Positive Change in Tohoku, Japan” (7pm)

At Bower Center, Berkeley 2150 Allston Way

$75 General/$50 UCB students via Center for Japanese


featuring guest vocalist SAKI KONO


3/13 Café Pink House in Saratoga

5p Discussion 6p Music

14577 Big Basin Way, Saratoga

Limited seating, reservation recommended. $15

Donations will be accepted for the continuing rebuilding efforts.

OTONOWA is: Masaru Koga, Ken Okada, and Art Hirahara



Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 12:00 AM

TOMODACHI has launched a social media campaign to encourage individuals to send photos with messages to the people of Tohoku, and to receive messages from the people of Tohoku in return.

For more information, please see this webpage.


Friday, March 04, 2016 at 07:00 PM


To commemorate the fifth anniversary of the 3.11 tragedy, to recognize the supporters of the TOMODACHI Initiative and their contributions to the next generation leaders, and to look forward, the TOMODACHI Initiative will hold a reception for key stakeholders and youth from the region. Senior Embassy and Japanese government participation is also expected.

This is event is organized by USJC and is invitation-only. For more information, please write to


Sunday, March 06, 2016 at 12:00 PM


To mark the completion of the two-day TOMODACHI Global Leadership Academy involving Tohoku high school alumni of & university mentors drawn from TOMODACHI programs, a luncheon with student presentations will be held. Students will share reflections on the past five years since the disaster, and look ahead to the next five years to set a forward-looking agenda and personal goals. This event is organized by USJC. For more information, please write to


Sunday, March 06, 2016 at 01:00 PM
Ronald F. Deaton Auditorium

On behalf of the Love to Nippon Committee, USJC would like to share a 3.11 memorial event on March 6th. This Memorial Event, the fifth in its series, is titled “The Future of Tohoku — Your Dreams and Hopes.” It will review the lessons learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake as well as discuss how to prepare for future natural disasters. Come learn about the progress of the long road to recovery.

USJC Board of Councilors Vice Chair Norman Mineta will be the keynote speaker.

For more information, please view the event flyer.

The event is free to attend, but registration is required.
Please register at if you plan to attend.


  1. San Francisco Japantown Community Interfaith Service – “Our Hearts to Japan” – Monday, April 11, 2011, 5.30-6.30PM, SF Japantown Peace Plaza, Post & Buchanan Streets.

    Contact JCCCNC at 1-415-567-5505, info@jcccnc,

    Organized by the Japanese American Religious Federation (JARF) and JCCCNC with supporting organizations.

    A Benefit Concert for The Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund

    Saturday, April 16, 2011
    12 – 2 pm & 3 – 5 pm
    Sundance Kabuki Cinemas
    1881 Post Street, SF
    Tickets $30

    Survivors of the Northern Japan earthquake and tsunami still endure under devastating conditions. We are a group of artists coming together to do what we can for Japan. Our internationally renowned cast of musicians, performers and spirited volunteers have come together to create this once in a lifetime benefit concert.
    Come see the show and gather as a community to help JAPAN RESTART.

    Seating is limited for two different back-to-back shows. 100% of the proceeds will go to the Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund. Additional donations gratefully accepted.

    Buy Tickets or Make a Donation >>
    More info:
    FacebookJapan Restart @japanrestart

    Show #1: 12 – 2pm
    Yaelisa & Caminos Flamencos featuring Jason McGuire (El Rubio) & Jose Cortes (Gypsy singer from Spain)
    Van-Anh Vo – Vietnamese National champion on dan tranh
    Mark Izu, Brenda Wong Aoki & Shinji Eshima
    Hideo Date Sextet – featuring Masaru Koga, Khac Quan, Claire Tremblay, Jason Jong and Keiji Oshita
    Taiko Ren
    Studio M from Japan
    Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble
    Navarrete x Kajiyama Dance Theater
    Kiite Moraitai

    Show #2: 3 – 5 pm
    Elvin Bishop and Takezo
    Soulit from Japan
    Dohee Lee & Lunar Drum Ensemble
    Miguel Govea and Los Compas

  3. 日本を世界に発信するということ〜AP通信特派員に聞く〜
    Sunday, June 26 · 4:30pm – 5:30pm
    Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (東京都世田谷区)

    国内に住む外国人とのインタビューを通じて日本を世界に発信することを試みてきた『My Eyes Tokyo』(が、志を同じくする人々と共に贈るトークイベントです。第1回目は、YouTubeを通じて日本を世界に発信してきた方々を迎えて「何を発信するのか、なぜ発信するのか」についてお話を伺いましたが、第2回目となる今回はよりプロフェッショナルな内容です。

  4. The Asian American Journalists Association presents
    “LOOKING AT FUKUSHIMA _ An Evening with Hiromichi Ugaya,” a talk, photo slideshow and discussion session with a veteran journalist documenting a post-nuclear disaster landscape.

    THE PINK COW in a new location:
    5-5-1 Roppongi Minatoku Tokyo Roi Building B1F
    TUESDAY May 7, 2013 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
    2,500 yen for a Great Buffet Lunch is the only charge. Drinks pay as you go at the bar.
    A public English-language event.
    Come on time to catch a musical performance opening the event.
    Musicians and poets welcome for Jam Open Mike to close the event.

    Hiromichi “Hiro” UGAYA is a veteran journalist, photographer and educator, who has devoted his life recently to intensive coverage of the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe and the plight of the tens of thousands of people the accident has displaced. A former reporter at Asahi newspaper and writer for AERA magazine, he has authored more than half a dozen books on security issues, media criticism, Internet technology and Japanese pop culture. A graduate of Kyoto University, he holds a Master’s in International Security Affairs from Columbia University. His latest book “Fukushima’s Lost Seasons” is a poetic photo essay of the serene flowers and trees of the region that have been invisibly devastated by radiation. He is also a bassist and performs regularly at Tokyo clubs.

    RSVP for attendance and for more information, Yuri Kageyama, Correspondent for The Associated Press in Tokyo, at or on Twitter @yurikageyama

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