Recovery

Tapestries created from disaster-damaged kimono near 1,000 mark
Eriko Shiomi, a music producer in Tokyo's Tachikawa, holds a tapestry created from kimono damaged in the 2011 Tohoku disaster. (Aya Shioiri)
A project to create 1,000 tapestries from kimono damaged in the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami is near completion, with 130 more pieces to go.
INTERVIEW: Anthropologist says Tohoku region must gain...
Norio Akasaka, a Gakushuin University professor and director of Fukushima Museum, describes the Tohoku region during a interview with The Asahi Shimbun. (Hiroki Nishida)
After seeing the rebuilding efforts for the devastation wrought by the triple disaster in March 2011, anthropologist Norio Akasaka said he wondered if the Tohoku region would...
Jimmy Choo promotes Fukushima traditional craftwork with original...
Jimmy Choo with a shoe made with materials including Aizu lacquerware (Natsuki Edogawa)
World-renowned shoe designer Jimmy Choo's latest "Fukushima" brand name footwear incorporates traditional craftwork from the struggling prefecture.
PHOTO: Soma Nomaoi festival regains pre-disaster splendor
Riders in samurai gear compete in a traditional event at the Soma Nomaoi festival in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, on July 27. (Kengo Hiyoshi)
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--Hundreds of horseback riders in samurai armor recreated the splendor of feudal Japan at the Soma Nomaoi festival here July 27.
Fukushima ballet students get a lift from top dancers from Paris
Students receive instructions at the Hitomi Takeuchi Ballet School from top dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet on July 26. (Toshihide Ueda)
FUKUSHIMA--Ballet students in Fukushima Prefecture received world-class instruction and encouragement on July 26 as top dancers from the internationally renowned Paris Opera...
Visually impaired struggle with life in post-tsunami towns
Ryo Nakamura and his sister Mimiko Nakamura, both visually impaired, were able to evacuate from their home in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, with the aid of a sighted guide on the morning of July 12. (Masataka Yamaura)
KAMAISHI, Iwate Prefecture--Visually impaired people in areas affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster are becoming increasingly reluctant to leave their homes as...
Emperor, empress visit temporary shopping street in Miyagi
The emperor and empress tour shops in the Minami-Sanriku Sun Sun Shopping Village on July 23 in Minami-Sanriku, Miyagi Prefecture. (Kengo Hiyoshi)
MINAMI-SANRIKU, Miyagi Prefecture--Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko dropped by a makeshift market here July 23 to offer encouragement to store owners affected by March 2011...
Fukushima rice finds a home in Kumamoto shochu
Kyosuke Yoshimura displays a bottle of the "Kagayaki" shochu brewed in Kumamoto Prefecture from Fukushima-grown rice. (Mika Omura)
The owner of a ramen shop in central Kyushu believes he has just the right elixir for those who are shunning produce grown in southern Tohoku as a result of the nuclear...
Cheers of joy resound at Miyagi beach for first time in 4 years
Students rush to the beach on Katsurashima in Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture, on July 19. (Satoshi Kimura)
SHIOGAMA, Miyagi Prefecture--Squeals of delight and the happy splashing of feet in the waves were heard on Katsurashima island's bathing beach on July 19, as it opened to...
Celebrities offer services, expertise to help launch new Fukushima ...
From left: architect Tadao Ando, astronaut Naoko Yamazaki and retired hurdler Dai Tamesue (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
An astronaut, former Olympians, a renowned international architect and a rising politician are part of the star power that will conduct classes and assist extracurricular...
Ex-Takarazuka heroine finds healing stage in disaster-stricken...
Anji Hino performs a dance during her final stage performance in “Dance Romanesque” in 2011. (C)Takarazuka Revue Co.
OSAKA--Although Anji Hino, a star of the famed all-female musical theater troupe Takarazuka Revue, was based in the Kansai region when the Great East Japan Earthquake and...
Google to provide views of quake-recovering areas recorded from sea
Google Inc. workers aboard a small boat shoot images off the coast of Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, on June 18. The photos will be released online on Google Street View in January. (Provided by Google Inc.)
Google Inc. announced June 18 that Google Street View will have a special section to record the reconstruction process of coastal areas of northeastern Japan that were...
Decontamination worker moved by what he saw writes poetry in...
Minoru Ikeda, who has just returned to Tokyo from Fukushima Prefecture (The Asahi Shimbun)
Retired letter carrier Minoru Ikeda had never written a "tanka" poem in his life, but working to decontaminate areas in Fukushima Prefecture and seeing the reality of the...
'Reconstruction rice' from stalks that survived 2011 tsunami...
Children plant seedlings of "reconstruction rice" in a paddy in Tondabayashi, Osaka Prefecture, on May 25. (Toshiyuki Hayashi)
TONDABAYASHI, Osaka Prefecture--Rice seedlings grown from stalks that survived the 2011 tsunami in northeastern Japan to flourish where a house once stood were sowed in a paddy ...
'Tokyo Girls Collection in Fukushima' brings big smiles to...
Angelica Michibata (Yusaku Kanagawa)
KORIYAMA, Fukushima Prefecture--The Tokyo Girls Collection (TGC) 2014 came to Fukushima on April 29 at Big Palette Fukushima convention center, marking the first time that the...
Urbanites head to stricken region to be liaison between officials, ...
Masayoshi Yamaguchi, standing, back left, a member of a group that assists Kamaishi in rebuilding efforts, practices the tiger dance for a traditional festival in the city’s Toni district in Iwate Prefecture on April 20. (Kengo Hiyoshi)
KAMAISHI, Iwate Prefecture--On a recent day, Masayoshi Yamaguchi rehearsed a tiger dance for a traditional festival in a seaside community in this coastal city ravaged by the...
Kamaishi continues selling 3rd anniversary postcards of 3/11...
Three types of special postcards sold in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, to commemorate the third anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami are shown. A world map locating recipients can be seen in the background. (Masataka Yamaura)
KAMAISHI, Iwate Prefecture--Bowing to popular demand, residents and companies here continue sending postcards commemorating the third anniversary of the Great East Japan...
Tohoku cat, missing since 2011 disaster, reunited with owners
Suika returns to his owners' home in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, after disappearing in March 2011. (Wataru Sekita)
OFUNATO, Iwate Prefecture--A cat was reunited with its owners on May 9, more than three years after the pet disappeared and was presumed killed by the 2011 tsunami that...
PHOTO: Fukushima kids rock runway at Tohoku fashion event
Model and Fukushima native Airi Matsui, foreground center, is accompanied by schoolchildren on the runway on April 29 at Big Palette Fukushima in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, during the 2014 Tokyo Girls Collection fashion show. (Yusaku Kanagawa)
KORIYAMA, Fukushima Prefecture--Big Palette Fukushima convention center was abuzz with excitement on April 29 as the 2014 Tokyo Girls Collection fashion show came to Fukushima...
NPO leader draws from his past in helping post-earthquake orphans
Masahiro Nishida (Photo by Kengo Hiyoshi)
SENDAI--In a room littered with toys in a building outside JR Sendai Station, the headquarters of the Children's Grief Support Station, children are often hesitant to enter,...