Thousands of candles lit to commemorate three years since Japan tsunami

Almost three years since the disasters in
north-eastern Japan, residents in the city of Iwaki in Fukushima lit over one thousand
candles to commemorate all those who lost their lives and were forced from their homes. The offshore earthquake that struck Japan
on the 11th of March 2011 set off a tsunami and meltdowns at Fukushima’s nuclear power
plant. This resident says they are constantly reminded
of the tragedies. My best friend died in the tsunami, and I
have been dragging that feeling along. I am reminded when that day comes round again every year. These candles are decorated with messages
of hope and the event’s organiser Yukihiro Kawakami says he hopes they serve as a reminder
of the country’s past. We hope that people would not forget about
the disasters through this event.

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