Children of Ofunato Sakari Elementary School in Iwate Prefecture show some of the instruments that were purchased with donations raised by the Asia America Symphony Association. They are joined by Ted Tokio Tanaka (front row, center) and Masako Unoura-Tanaka (back row, second from right). Read more here: >>>>

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  The Kitakami area which is located in the north-eastern part of Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture used to have three elementary schools, but two of them were severely damaged by the tsunami. Students in two of those schools were later transferred to the one that survived. Today about 250 students share a building designed for about 100 occupants. Not only classrooms were lost, but also a public library with a computer lab that students used as a meeting place after school. In April 2013,  the three schools were merged into one elementary school - Kitakami Elementary School. Read More

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Masako with her husband Ted Tanaka stand in front of the building where she was evacuated from the rooftop after the Tsunami.

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  The ANNUAL 3.11 MEMORIAL BENEFIT GOLF TOURNAMENT is dedicated to raising funds to support youth sports programs in Iwate prefecture.

  With most sports facilities destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami, and sports fields being used for temporary housing, Love To Nippon and cooperating agencies want to provide positive opportunities for physical activities, growth and development of the region’s youth.

The 2013 memorial golf tournament was a great success.

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Love To Nippon Donates 3.11 Memorial Golf Tournament Proceeds To Japan Student Athletes.

Three Years After The Tsunami

By Stefan Schauwecker


In a seven part open ended series Japan-Guide.Com documents the recovery of the tsunami hit coast of northeastern Japan where nearly 20,000 people lost their lives, and entire towns were destroyed in the afternoon of March 11, 2011. Three years after the tsunami, we revisit some of the worst hit cities along the Sanriku Coast in Miyagi and Iwate Prefectures and document their reconstruction.

We followed the coast from north to south, starting at the port city of Miyako in Iwate Prefecture. We stayed at the pine tree surrounded Jodogahama Park Hotel at Jodogahama Beach. The tourist facilities around the tsunami hit tourist spot have been further improved since our previous visit half a year ago, and beautification efforts are continuing. Within a year, this wonderful tourist spot will be in better shape than ever before.

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Construction sites are appearing in a badly hit district in Miyako City