Mai Akiyoshi describes her time in the city of Ishinomaki in Miyagi after it was devastated by the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Through helping the locals renovate and revitalize their shops and businesses, she fell in love with the relentless strength of the city's community.
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BY EVGENY LATYPOV
@ VOL 84
ON JUL 27, 2011
Russian student Evgeny Latypov offers his take on the aftermath of the Fukushima meltdown, and compares it to Chernobyl. He discusses his struggles in finding an organization to assist in the recovery of Japan's most seriously radiation-affected region.
Rebuilding a Village in Tohoku
BY DAISUKE SUGAWARA AND MASAYUKI HARADA
@ VOL 92
ON MAY 30, 2012
In this presentation, architects Daisuke Sugawara and Masayuki Harada describe a reconstruction project they've been working on, to help rebuild in the Tohoku region. As you'll see, they've been trying to rebuild villages, to keep the community together. (in Japanese)
Build Back Better Tohoku
BY MICHAEL STEINER
ON FEB 19, 2013
In this special presentation, Architecture for Humanity's Michael Steiner offers up an update on the work the organization has accomplished in Tohoku so far -- following the devastating earthquake/tsunami of 2011 -- and on what is needed next.
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2013 Tohoku Artist Caravan
BY DANIEL HARRIS ROSEN
@ VOL 101
ON MAR 27, 2013
In April of 2013, the Tohoku Artist Caravan project will bring artists and musicians from all over Japan to gather in Karakuwa, Kesennuma, to create public art that will help revitalize a community devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The initial installations will be completed over a three-day period, culminating in an opening party featuring a an impressive array or renowned musicians. (in English and Japanese)
"Presentation of the Day" on March 29, 2013.
BY BRIAN SCOTT PETERSON
@ VOL 101
ON MAR 27, 2013
"She saw her photo and she said: 'I didn't think I'd be able to see myself smile again. Now I know I can smile again.'"
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BY MARK DYTHAM
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BY CRISTINA MARIE DEANE
"Wherever I looked I saw destruction, but what I also saw was hope in the eyes of those who survived."
In Volunteering in Tohoku: 6 Years Later, Cristina Marie Deane shares her story of volunteering in the Miyagi prefecture following the devastating events of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Volunteering turned out to be not only an enlightening and fulfilling experience for Cristina but it also changed the course of her life.