Tohoku, the Northeastern part of Japan, is known for its scenic landscapes and rich traditions. While the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11th 2011 brought enormous damage to a wide area in the region, there are people who are keeping their hopes up and working hard towards recovery. This program will introduce Tohoku's enduring charm and the strength of its communities.
Mr. Takahiro Ito, Assistant Director of Japan Local Government Center and representative from Miyagi Prefectural Government, will join us to give a few remarks.
Short Film: Scenes of Japan Reached by Shinkansen
With over 16 million passengers per day, the world's largest railway company JR-East introduces the beauty of the Tohoku region. From the beautiful scenery that changes every season to the unique culinary delights, you can discover the beauty of Tohoku on the new Hayabusa shinkansen.
Documentary: Can You See Our Lights? First Festival After the Tsunami
Produced by NHK World (48 min.)
Japanese summer festivals serve as a time to hold memorial services for the souls of the departed. Although many of the places devastated by the March 11 disaster were unable to hold their centuries-old festivals, the people of Rikuzentakata, Soma, and Minami Soma among others decided to go on as planned. Through their preparations for the festival, the film portrays their desire to honor loved ones and their shared determination to rebuild their community.
You can also see the ongoing exhibit Treasures of Tohoku: A Photographic Journey Through Japan's Northeastern Region.
This event is free and open to the public. Please note that seating is limited and registration does not guarantee guests a seat. Registered guests will be seated first. Open seats will be given to guests on standby when the program begins.