A memorial ceremony was held in Peace Park on the evening of 3rd March to remember the victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake and the tsunami and nuclear disaster that it unleashed upon Japan on 11th March 2011.
Around 200 to 250 people gathered at the Shinsui Terrace on the south bank of the Motoyasu River, opposite the A-Bomb Dome in Peace Park at 5:30pm to participate in the ceremony.
Candles had been set out in a 3.11 arrangement and lit up the terrace as dusk descended over the park. Speeches were made, songs were sung, prayers were said.
It was an informal gathering. Some people stopped to remember while passing through Peace Park, others stayed for whole of the ceremony. Others observed the ceremony from the opposite bank or from the bridge.
On behalf of the organizers we would like to thank everybody who attended, and also everybody who stopped to say a prayer, or simply to remember and reflect, on 11th March.