I had the opportunity to visit this special monument located in Rikuzentakata City, in the Otomo district last week. Aside from being set in a very beautiful location, this monument and fire serves as a reminder for the lives lost, lives affected and people fighting to get their lives back on track. It’s so easy to forget and get lost in our everyday lives, so sometimes we need a little reminder as to why we’re doing what we’re doing. Especially now that the one year anniversary of the quake is coming up in about a month, it’s important to remind ourselves that recovery is just getting started.
Stay strong, stay calm, fight on and don’t forget.
In order to give as much hope as possible to the survivors of the Great Eastern Japan disasters that occurred on 2:46pm, March 11, 2011, this light was brought here through many domestic and international donations, and through the cooperation of many volunteers.
This light was originally created to give hope to the survivors of the Great Hanshin-Awaji disasters, which occurred on 5:46am, January 17, 1995. Embers were collected from all 47 prefectures in Japan, and on January 17, 2000, a monument was erected in Kobe City and the “1.17 Light of Hope” was lit, and is still aflame today.
Let us live together and not forget what these disasters have taught us about kindness, consideration, friendship and kindred ties.