Remembrance: Memorial service for Japan's 2011 tragedy at Chch's World Peace Bell

(caption for the above picture: The Japanese Society of Canterbury at the World Peace Bell ceremony)

On March 11, Christchurch observed a memorial service at the Botanic Gardens World Peace Bell to commemorate the Tohoku area earthquake and tsunami, which hit the regions six years ago on March 11, 2011. Notably, Christchurch sister city in Japan - Kurashiki, also observes a memorial service for the February 22 Christchurch earthquake. Speakers at the event included Cuty's Mayor Lianne Dalziel, Japanese Society President Kazzy Matsuzaki and David Bolam-Smith, member of the New Zealand chapter of World Peace Bell Association. Everyone present rang the World Peace Bell to offer their prayers for world peace.

- The above information and picture is courtesy Surinder Tandon, President of Christchurch Multicultural Council