It's been six years since the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami devastated Tohoku in 2011. There were 15,893 deaths and 2,553 people missing, and 120,000 people still remain evacuation. Some people have begun to try and rebuild their lives, but the majority of people are still suffering from this nightmare even after the passage of 6 years. In remembrance of this devastating natural disaster, Ki Niseko held a 3/11 Memorial Ceremony, "Pray for Tohoku", with the help of Kutchan Agricultural High School students.
We created the message of "PRAY FOR TOHOKU", with the letters created out of colourful flowers in front of the entrance of Ki Niseko. At 2:20pm, we started lighting candles with the help of Kutchan Agricultural High School students.
At 2:46pm, the time of the earthquake six years ago, we all prayed moments of silence for 1 minute. At the end, we sung "Hana Wa Saku (Flowers Will Bloom)", which is the charity song for Great East Japan earthquake, and prayed for the victims of this devastubg event.
We would like to extend our sincerest condolences to those who lost loved ones in the earthquake and the tsunami.