Commemorating the 5th Anniversary of 3/11

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Commemorating the 5th Anniversary of 3/11

March–June 2016

The Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011 has had an impact on all aspects of life in Japan, including the economy, arts, education and health. Marking five years since the triple disaster—earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis—Japan Society presents an institution-wide series of programming that commemorates the tragic loss and fundamentally changed society, and examines the recovery process and the tremendous challenges that remain.
Among talks, performances and film screenings is Japan Society Gallery’s centerpiece exhibition, In the Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11, opening March 11, which explores the universal resonance of works of art created in response to the tragedy and their ability to speak to incredible human resilience. Another major event is the Local Innovators Forum in Tokyo on February 27, organized with ETIC., a non-profit in Japan that supports business and social entrepreneurship in Japan, and part of a series of activities in Japan taking place that week, including a visit to the region for participants from the U.S. and a public forum in Sendai.
"The fifth anniversary is an opportunity to reflect on what has been achieved towards recovery and reconstruction, to examine what remains to be done in the next five years, and come together to create a vision for the future," says Japan Society President, Motoatsu Sakurai. "As a result of the 3/11 disasters, the Tohoku region must address key challenges it faced before the disaster – depopulation, an aging society, and economic downtown – earlier than it otherwise might have been able to. As a result, Tohoku has the potential to be a model for how other communities, in or outside of Japan, can respond to similar challenges."



In the Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11

March 11–June 12, 2016

The catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that struck northeast Japan on March 11, 2011 and triggered an on-going nuclear crisis has been met with an overwhelming reaction in the arts, marking a profound shift in the contemporary Japanese cultural landscape. Opening five years to the day since 3/11, Japan Society’s presentation of In the Wake reveals a stunning range of photographic responses to the disaster and the artistic paths that lie ahead as Japan continues to rebuild. With over 90 photographic works by 17 of Japan's leading visionaries, the exhibition invites viewers to experience the power and the poetry of art transcending unspeakable tragedy, forging a universal link that connects Japan to New York and beyond.

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Japan Earthquake Relief Fund

On March 12, 2011, Japan Society created the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund, a disaster relief fund to aid victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake. One hundred percent of your tax-deductible contributions to the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund go to organizations that directly help victims of the March 11 disaster. While much of the world's attention has moved away from Tohoku, our work in Tohoku continues.  We are grateful for your continued contributions and commitment to Tohoku.
Through Japan Society's Innovators Network program, the Society partners with Entrepreneurial Training for Innovative Communities (ETIC), a Japan-based NPO, to support leadership development in the region and to identify, articulate and support what remains to be done going forward. Using the milestone 5th anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami, we launched THINK TOHOKU 2011-2021 to galvanize new ideas, resources and commitment to the region, and to examine how Tohoku can serve as an innovation lab for economic and community revitalization not only in other parts of Japan, but in communities around the world facing the challenges of natural or man-made disasters, depopulation, aging populations, brain drain, and economic stagnation.

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Additional 3/11 Programs From our Friends

Exhibition: Lessons from Recovery: the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011
January 28–February 23, 2016
At The Nippon Club
The Nippon Gallery, 7th Floor
145 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019

TOGETHER FOR 3/11: Fifth Anniversary Memorial for Japan's Earthquake and Tsunami Victims
March 6
At First Church of Christ, Scientist
10 West 68th Street at Central Park West
New York, NY 10023

Discussion: 3-11 and 9-11 Survivor Stories
March 8
At Asia Society
725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street)
New York, NY 10021

Conversation, Performance, Installation: After Fukushima: A 24-hour Event
March 11-12
Danspace Project
At St. Mark’s Church

131 East 10th Street
New York, NY 10003
Slideshow photos: Photos courtesy of ArchiAid, The Japan Agricultural News, Fukushima Organic Agricultural Network, Japanese Society of Certified Clinical Psychologists.

Inset image: Arai Takashi (b. 1978), April 26, 2011, Onahama, Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture from the series Mirrors in Our Nights, 2011. Daguerreotype ©Takashi Arai / Courtesy of PGl Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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