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Japan Earthquake/Tsunami

©2010 Bob Foster
Photos: Mayor Foster at the Long Beach Japanese Cultural Center Fundraiser for Japan

Mayor Foster joined more than 200 people at the CSULB’s Earl Burns Miller Japanese Gardens on Sunday, March 27 for the Japanese Disaster Relief Project.  Long Beach community members gathered in solidarity to remember the victims and raise funds for the survivors of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11.  Donations were accepted for the U.S./Japan Council Earthquake Relief Fund, where 100% of the proceeds will be directed to relief and rebuilding efforts in Japan.

Mayor Foster presents the 1,000 cranes to Consul General Ihara.

Mayor Foster also presented 1,000 cranes to the Consul General of Japan Junichi Ihara with a wish of recovery and healing to the people of Japan.  The ancient Japanese tradition of senbazuru promises that a person who folds 1,000 cranes will be granted a wish, such as long life or recovery from illness.  Many times a family or group of people come together to accomplish this labor of love.  These cranes were folded by the Long Beach Japanese Cultural Center.

Assemblymember Warren Furutani, Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, Long Beach City Councilmember James Johnson, and former Long Beach Mayor Eunic Sato were all in attendance. 

(L to R) Assemblymember Furutani, former Mayor Eunice Sato, Consul General Ihara, Mayor Foster and Councilmember Johnson.

©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor Foster Invites Community to Long Beach Japanese Diaster Relief Fundraiser

 

Mayor Foster will be joining Consul General of Japan Junichi Ihara, Ken Nakagawa (Long Beach Japanese Cultural Center), and other special guests on Sunday, March 27 at 6pm at CSULB’s Earl Burns Miller Japanese Gardens for a fundraiser for the Japanese Diaster Relief Project.

The Long Beach community will gather in solidarity to hold a candlelight vigil to remember the victims and raise funds for the survivors of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11.

The candlelight vigil will include:

  • Shakuhachi (traditional Japanese bamboo flute)
  • An incense offering
  • Presentation of 1,001 origami cranes symbolizing peace and healing
  • Taiko drums representing a united call to action

 

The event is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted for the U.S./Japan Council Earthquake Relief Fund, where 100% of the proceeds will be directed to relief and rebuilding efforts in Japan.

Click here to view the event flyer and CSULB map or visit the Long Beach Japanese Cultural Center Facebook page.

©2010 Bob Foster
Photos: Candlelight Vigil for Japan

 

Long Beach community activist Justin Rudd organized a candlelight vigil last night at sunset to remember the victims of Japan’s devastating 8.9 earthquake and tsunami. 

Mayor Foster and former Mayor Eunice Sato spoke to the residents who gathered for the vigil.

©2010 Bob Foster
Help Your Family Prepare for a Disaster

The devastating earthquake and tsunami are good wake-up calls for Long Beach residents.  Are you prepared in case of a diaster?  Here are a few ways that you can be alerted and informed:

  • The Red Cross – Greater Long Beach Chapter is hosting a free Earthquake/Tsunami Preparedness Presentation on March 17 at 6pm at 3150 E. 29th St. in Long Beach. You will learn on how to make a disaster kit, make a family plan and be informed about disasters. RSVP with Chris Campbell-Jay at 562-595-6341.
  • There is a “Reverse 9-1-1″ notification system in place in Long Beach.  Your landline is automatically registered, but click here to register your cell phone.
  • The Police Department also has the Nixle system that will send you text messages or emails to your smart phone for alerts.  Click here for more information on Nixle and how to sign up.  Please note that standard text message fees apply.  You can also watch the latest Heart of the City episode below where the Mayor spoke to Chief McDonnell about Nixle.

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