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Moving Forward: Life After the Great East Japan EarthquakeImage provided by The Kahoku Shimpo

Moving Forward: Life After the Great East Japan Earthquake

The UCLA Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies and The Kahoku Shimpo, a local newspaper in Sendai, have come together to present a traveling photo exhibition that documents the disaster and recovery efforts in northeastern Japan. From 2011-2012, this exhibit will travel to multiple American cities including Washington D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles and possibly New York and Boston.

In remembrance of the victims and in support for the survivors of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in northeast Japan, the UCLA Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies and The Kahoku Shimpo, a local newspaper in Sendai, Japan, present a traveling exhibition that uses photojournalism to document the lives and stories of those in the affected areas, while illuminating the continuing efforts of a nation as it moves forward towards recovery.

This display, which has been hosted in a number of American cities from November 2011 to April 2012, features a collection of images focusing on the stories of those who have survived the crisis and begun to move forward. The images and stories will showcase the disaster itself while concentrating on the efforts of the people on their way to recovery and reconstruction.

The exhibit, which was previewed in Los Angeles at Little Tokyo Design Week in July 2011, officially opened in Washington D.C. on Nov. 1 at the Japan Information and Culture Center, where it had a month-long run. From Jan. 15 to Feb. 7, 2012, it will be at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel in Chicago, Illinois.  From there, the exhibit will return to Los Angeles to the Fowler Museum at UCLA from March 4 to April 15, 2012. An symposium and reception will be held at the Fowler Museum on March 10, 2012. Click Here to RSVP

This traveling exhibit supports Japan Platform, an international emergency humanitarian aid organization that offers prompt and effective emergency aid to refugees and victims of natural disaster through the U.S. Japan Council Earthquake Relief Fund. Online donations for relief are being accepted at www.usjapancouncil.org/fund. Funds will be disbursed to Japan Platform and other U.S. Japan Council supported organizations.

This exhibit would not be possible without the additional support of the hosting organizations including the Embassy of Japan, Washington DC, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel and the Fowler Museum at UCLA; our sponsors, The Japan Foundation and The Japan Business Association of Southern California (Los Angeles Exhibit Sponsor); our supporters, the U.S.-Japan Council and the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles. Special recognition is also extended to the Tohoku Gakuin University Volunteer Station Translation Project team, Mari Ishida, Timothy Unverzagt Goddard, Nathan Smith and Saran Oki for their dedicated work.

For general information, contact Noёl Shimizu, assistant director, UCLA Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, at Shimizu@international.ucla.edu. Members of the media are asked to contact Cindy Suzuki, special events coordinator, UCLA Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, at Suzuki@international.ucla.edu.

To RSVP and learn more about the March 10 symposium and reception at the Fowler Museum at UCLA, click here

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