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Memorial events to commemorate Japan tsunami

Staff writer, with CNA

Candlelight memorial services are to be held in Taiwan and Japan on Tuesday to mark the third anniversary of a devastating earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan, the events’ organizers said on Thursday.

The services are to be held at the Chungshan Creative Hub in Taipei and in Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture in memory of the people killed in the 2011 disaster, said Lily Ikeda, the organizer of the Taipei memorial.

In Taipei, participants plan to light 500 candles which were made by residents of Fukushima, one of the areas hardest hit by the disaster, Ikeda said.

The memorial services in Taipei and Fukushima will be broadcast live so that the participants can feel connected, said Ikeda, who came to Taiwan for the second year to organize memorial events for the March 11, 2011, quake and tsunami.

The candlelight service is part of a series of memorial events Ikeda has organized this year.

A three-day photo exhibition is to open at the Chungshan Creative Hub today, featuring pictures of Fukushima residents who are trying to get back on their feet after the disaster, Ikeda said.

She said three documentary films will be shown — two on Fukushima’s folk culture and one about an elderly woman who has been trying to preserve the prefecture’s traditions.

“Many people equate Fukushima Prefecture with radiation contamination because of the meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant after the 2011 disaster,” said Ikeda, a Fukushima native.

“Through these activities, I want to introduce different aspects of Fukushima, such as its culture, to the people of Taiwan,” she said.

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