Recovery

From tsunami-swept land, IT expert helps grow 'edible gem'...
Hiroki Iwasa holds a strawberry in Yamamoto, Miyagi Prefecture. (Sakura Funazaki)
YAMAMOTO, Miyagi Prefecture--A venture capital company executive returned from Tokyo to southern Miyagi Prefecture to see what he could do for his hometown that was devastated...
It's party time in once-devastated Ofunato Bay as 'yakatabune'...
People eat dishes in a test cruise of the ‘yakatabune’ boat in Ofunato Bay on Jan. 13. (Kazumasa Sugimura)
OFUNATO, Iwate Prefecture--As a fun and lively symbol of recovery, a traditional "yakatabune" roofed party boat will soon set sail around Ofunato Bay, which was devastated by...
'Evangelion' producer to open anime studio, museum in rural...
Gainax Co. President Hiroyuki Yamaga, far right, Gainax Fukushima President Yoshinori Asao, center right, and Miharu Mayor Yoshinori Suzuki, center left, in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, on Jan. 19 at the signing ceremony to establish a new anime studio in the area (Naoyuki Takahashi)
KORIYAMA, Fukushima Prefecture--Gainax Co., the anime company best known for the hit series "Evangelion," is setting up a studio in Miharu to help draw people back to this...
Idol group Baby Tiara offers support to orphaned children from...
Baby Tiara members Noa Hinata, center, Jurika Takeda, left, Yuzuki Minato, right, and Konon Mizuki, which are all their stage names, perform during a concert in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, in October. A fifth member, Haru Kusunoki, was unable to participate in the performance. (Kazuhiro Sekine)
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--Jumping on the nationwide bandwagon of local all-girl idol groups, five junior and senior high school students here have formed a pop group to...
Tohoku railway to absorb tsunami-hit line in bid to reinvigorate...
Rail track remains disconnected at Namiita Kaigan Station in Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, on the JR Yamada Line as of Dec. 19. (Shiori Tabuchi)
MORIOKA--A scenic section of a JR line that hugs the Sanriku coastline and was all but torn apart in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami will be transferred to a local railway,...
Soma festival video starring samurai girl captures pride of...
A scene from "Samurai Girl: One Girl's Story of Becoming a Samurai" featuring the Soma Nomaoi (Soma wild horse chase) festival in Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, in July (Provided by Hitomi Kumasaka)
SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--A YouTube video chronicling a young woman's foray into a millennium-old samurai festival here has racked up views from more than 100 countries just...
Journeying sunflower seeds brighten the mood in quake-stricken...
Sunflowers blossom in the summer of 2008 in the former village of Yamakoshi, now part of Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture. (Provided by Isao Arai)
Generations of sunflower seeds harvested and donated by survivors of major earthquakes in Japan over the past two decades now blossom each summer as symbols of recovery from...
Sold-out gourmet train drawing tourists to tsunami-devastated...
The dining car of the Tohoku Emotion gourmet train (Shuji Shida)
HACHINOHE, Aomori Prefecture--A symbol of recovery and a gourmet's delight, a special restaurant train that travels along the northern Tohoku coastal area that was devastated...
Work begins in Fukushima to demolish ships stranded by 2011 tsunami
A crane removes structures from the deck of a fishing boat in Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, on Nov. 21. The vessel was wrecked and washed inland by the tsunami generated by the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. (Yosuke Fukudome)
NAMIE, Fukushima Prefecture--Work got under way here on Nov. 21 to demolish and remove ships that were wrecked and swept inland by the tsunami generated by the March 2011 Great ...
Tsunami survivors revive rice planting dance in Fukushima
A preservation group performs the Taueodori dance at Kibunejinja shrine in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, on Nov. 15. (Masakazu Honda)
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--A group here performed a traditional local dance on its home ground on Nov. 15 for the first time since the 2011 tsunami killed 30 percent of ...
Swiss travel agency owner pedals around Tohoku to promote region
Swiss travel agency owner Thomas Kohler poses for a photograph in Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture, on Nov. 8. A message, “Jitensha de Tohoku wo” (In Tohoku on a bicycle), is written on his bicycle and T-shirt. (Mitomu Narita)
HACHINOHE, Aomori Prefecture--After the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami ravaged the Tohoku region in 2011, Thomas Kohler walked from Hokkaido in northern Japan to...
Tohoku field of dreams: Sanriku Railway forms baseball team in...
Major league pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma, center, and Sanriku Railway Co. President Masahiko Mochizuki, second from right, attend a Nov. 6 news conference in Tokyo to announce the formation of the Sanriku Tetsudo Kit Dreams amateur baseball team. (Ryusaburo Matsumoto)
Sanriku Railway Co. and food giant Nestle Japan Ltd. announced Nov. 6 that they have teamed to form an amateur baseball club in Miyako, Iwate Prefecture, to invigorate the...
Nautical charts to be revised to reflect unprecedented changes...
A dinghy of the Tenyo, a hydrographic survey vessel of the Japan Coast Guard, navigates Onagawa Bay. (Yosuke Fukudome)
ONAGAWA, Miyagi Prefecture--About an hour into a Japan Coast Guard hydrographic survey mission, a crew member on lookout abruptly shouted for the dinghy to stop.
Google Maps shows state of disaster recovery along Tohoku coastline
Photos of the Sanriku coastline are taken from fishing boats off Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, for Google Inc.'s "Sanriku Street View From the sea" project. (Provided by Google Inc.)
Google Inc. has started a service that allows users to get an offshore look at the latest recovery efforts in the Tohoku region devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake...
Facebook's new Safety Check service born from Japan's 2011 quake,...
A mobile screen shows Facebook’s Safety Check notification. Users can check the safety of those on their friends list through the new service, which started on Oct. 16. (Provided by Facebook Inc.)
When the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami struck in March 2011, Facebook Inc. founder Mark Zuckerberg noticed that many users confirmed the safety of their friends and...
Disaster-hit communities in Tohoku using local specialties to...
Fishermen wash scallops after hauling in their catch at Koishihama fishing port in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture. (Ryusaburo Matsumoto)
Like many other local communities around Japan, towns in the Tohoku region have tried to brand their specialty products to promote sales.
Photo exhibition focuses on what people ate after Great East Japan ...
A photo provided by Reiko Sekiguchi shows people eating “nabe” (hot pot) dishes together at a workplace on March 11, 2011, after the Great East Japan Earthquake struck. (Provided by 20 Seiki Archive Sendai)
SENDAI--In the aftermath of the March 11, 2011, Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, many people snapped photos of their makeshift meals, as food became a precious and...
Photographer, designer help publish poems by Otsuchi woman penned...
Yutaka Matsubara, right, and Junji Hashimoto speak during an interview in Tsu, Mie Prefecture. (Sotaro Hata)
TSU, Mie Prefecture--When a photographer and a designer made frequent visits to Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, which was hit hard by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in...
Tsunami-stricken town harvests rice for first time in 4 years
Farmers harvest rice in the Otomo district of Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, for the first time in four years on Sept. 20. (Yosuke Fukudome)
RIKUZENTAKATA, Iwate Prefecture--As the Tohoku region enters harvest season, rice is being gathered here for the first time since the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster.
Impact Journalism Day: Briton relies on kindness of strangers to...
Daniel Olsson smiles in relief after reaching Cape Soya, the northernmost point of Hokkaido, on July 8 in a cycling tour to raise funds for the 2011 quake and tsunami disaster. (Ryosuke Ishibashi)
A British man who cycled the breadth of Japan to raise funds for victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster found himself on the receiving end of charity from those...