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A day like no other: Visitors view photos of the disaster-hit Tohoku region at the Japanese Embassy in Washington on Tuesday. KYODO

March 11 exhibition opens at embassy in Washington


WASHINGTON — An exhibition documenting the March 11 twin disasters and subsequent recovery efforts in the northeast has opened at the Japanese Embassy in Washington.

"Moving Forward: Life After the Great East Japan Earthquake" is comprised of 40 photographs, a slide show and recitations of survivors' experiences.

It will be open to the public through Nov. 30 at the embassy's Japan Information and Culture Center before moving to Chicago and then Los Angeles.

"Through the touching stories of those affected, we hope you will get to know what happened on March 11 and how the situation is now," Yoshihisa Nishikawa, executive director of The Kahoku Shimpo, said at Tuesday's opening ceremony.

The Kahoku Shimpo, a newspaper based in disaster-hit Sendai, and the UCLA Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japan Studies in Los Angeles are presenting the exhibition in Washington, as well as in Chicago from Jan. 15 to Feb. 15 and in Los Angeles from March 10 to April 15.

The exhibits are grouped into five sections titled "Surviving," "Helping One Another," "Standing Tall," "Then and Now" and "To the Future."

"We are so grateful to the American people, American government and American military," Japanese Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki said at the ceremony. "The Japanese people will never forget this friendship."

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