Six-year memorial service held for March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake

Public Relations Office        March 11, 2017


 On March 11 at the Nishinomiya Uegahara Campus’s Lambuth Memorial Chapel, Kwansei Gakuin University held a memorial service titled “Six Years after the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake: Remembering, Mourning, and Praying for Recovery.”
 During the first part of the service, members of the student organization Uegahara Habitat described the relief efforts they have carried out so far in the northeastern Tohoku region, what they learned through those efforts, and current conditions in the disaster-affected areas. Deputy representative Maiko Takahashi, a sophomore in the School of Sociology, provided her impressions. “Tohoku is gradually moving forward, powered by the hopes of many people. I feel that the people there are looking ahead to the future and carrying out local development in order to pass on their beloved towns to the next generation. I intend to continue supporting them as a member of the reconstruction efforts.”


 During the second part of the service, time was set aside for remembering those lost and praying for recovery, accompanied by the singing of the Kwansei Gakuin Choir. In addition, to commemorate the moment six years ago when the earthquake struck, a student from the Hand-Bell Choir rang a bell six times and all the attendees observed a moment of silence. University Chaplain Jo Funaki, who presided over the service, gave an address. “Those of us alive today have a responsibility to teach future generations about the disaster. At the very least, I believe we have a duty to continue reminding ourselves that there are still people suffering and filled with despair.”