Recovery

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...
Kids harvest 'miracle' rice grown from stalks that survived 3/11...
Fifth-graders from a local elementary school harvest "miracle rice" in Tondabayashi, Osaka Prefecture, on Sept. 14. (Mayumi Ueda)
TONDABAYASHI, Osaka Prefecture--A "miracle" rice crop grown from a handful of seeds that survived the devastating 2011 tsunami were harvested on Sept. 14, a sign of hope and...
Gigantic belt brings mud to raise ground of tsunami-hit city
The three-kilometer-long conveyor set up in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture (Shinichi Iizuka)
RIKUZENTAKATA, Iwate Prefecture--An industrial-scale conveyor belt stretching three kilometers is transporting thousands of tons of clay from a mountainside to the lowland of...
Young people launch website featuring gift items from 3/11...
Yuichi Tomohiro, who founded the TOHOK online gift shop featuring traditional small brooms and other items from the region impacted by the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, right, and a staffer of the outlet (Nami Hamada)
After the Great East Japan Earthquake ravaged the Tohoku region, Yuichi Tomohiro immediately headed to Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, as a volunteer worker.
89,000 still living in temporary housing in Tohoku disaster area
In the Asuto-Nagamachi temporary housing complex in Sendai, 332 evacuees live in 183 housing units. (Yosuke Fukudome)
More than 89,000 evacuees are still living in prefabricated temporary housing in northeastern Japan three and a half years after the 3/11 disaster.
Salmon still affected by 3/11 disaster, dealing blow to Tohoku...
Salmon being harvested in Hokkaido (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The salmon run in northeastern Japan this autumn will likely plummet by 40 percent compared with last year due to damage to hatcheries caused by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami ...
Origami project takes off, thanks in part to a former first lady
Noriko Sato, right, folds an origami crane in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, on July 31. (Masakazu Higashino)
ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi Prefecture--A project to sell novel paper cranes lovingly created by a trio of women living as evacuees after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster has...
JR East enters tomato-growing business to help rebuild Fukushima
Agricultural co-op Tomato Land Iwaki grows vegetables in a plant in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture. (Provided by East Japan Railway Co.)
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) and an agricultural co-op on Sept. 4 set up a joint company to produce tomatoes and help revitalize the area...