Can You See Our Lights?

March 11, 2012
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Film past event

Japan. 2011, 48 min., Format TBD, in Japanese with English subtitles, Produced by NHK WORLD.

Remarks by Ambassador Shigeyuki Hiroki, Consul General of Japan in New York, at 2:30 PM.
A moment of silence will be observed at 2:46 PM, following remarks by Ambassador Hiroki.

Japanese summer festivals serve as a time to hold memorial services for the souls of the departed. Although some of the many places devastated by the disaster were unable to hold their colorful and passionate centuries-old festivals, the people of Rikuzen-Takada, Soma, Minami-Soma and some other cities decided to go ahead as usual. The program shows festival committee members busily repairing damaged floats and drums and encouraging the participation of dispersed former residents. What are the thoughts of the people holding these summer festivals? And what do they hope to express in them?

Part of ONE YEAR LATER: Commemorating the One-Year Anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake & Tsunami.



*Tickets for the screening will be distributed on the first-come first-served basis at 12:30 pm on March 11. For details, please check our website.

The screening is co-presented with The Japan Foundation.

One Year Later: A Day of Reflection programs are made possible, in part, by The Norinchukin Bank.

Japan Society’s 2011–2012 Film Programs are generously supported by the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund. Additional support is provided by The Globus Family, Kenneth A. Cowin, David S. Howe, Omar Al-Farisi, Jeffrey Catanzaro, Dr. Tatsuji Namba, Randall I. Stempler, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Japan Society’s new projection screen was made possible by The Globus Family and Kenneth A. Cowin.

Collaborating organizations for One Year Later: A Day of Reflection programming include Consortium for Japan Relief; Consulate General of Japan in New York;; JP GIRLS NYC; Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York, Inc. (JCCI); Japanese American Association of New York; The Nippon Club Inc.; TOMODACHI; and U.S.-Japan Council.



  • Sunday, March 11, 2012
  • 2:30 pm