On September 7, 2011, the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles, alongside other Japanese organizations, held a public appreciation event – ARIGATO – to express gratitude for Southern Californians’ outpouring of assistance and support in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011. The ARIGATO event took place at the JACCC’s Noguchi Plaza.

"A common adage says that tough times reveal true friends. I’m so glad that 3.11 – as the Great East Japan Earthquake has come to be known – has demonstrated that the United States, and especially Southern California, is an exceptional friend of Japan"

- Consul General Junichi Ihara