July 18 2022
KYOTO – A memorial ceremony was held on Monday to remember the 36 victims of the July 2019 arson attack on Kyoto Animation Co.’s No. 1 studio in the western Japan city of Kyoto, marking the third anniversary of the tragedy.
In the ceremony, which started at 10:30 a.m. (1:30 a.m. GMT) at the site of the studio in Fushimi Ward of Kyoto, about 120 people, including bereaved families and Hideaki Hatta, president of the anime production company, better known by anime fans as KyoAni, offered silent prayers for the victims.
“What we must do from this time forward is to rebuild the world you had created as soon as possible,” a KyoAni employee said in a memorial address at the ceremony. “Please watch over us.”
A woman who lost her daughter in the arson attack said in a eulogy at the ceremony, “While there are moments when bereaved family members cry and also moments when we laugh, we’re moving on little by little with memories of you, so please don’t worry.”
On July 18, 2019, the 44-year-old suspect, released gasoline at the KyoAni No. 1 studio and set it alight. The arson killed 36 people and injured 32 others.
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