May 19, 2013
FUKUYAMA, Hiroshima Prefecture—The famed Hula Girls have started sharing their experiences of the 2011 disasters at elementary schools across the nation, beginning with a...
May 17, 2013
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--The Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011 uprooted the lives of friends and family of Haruna Shiraiwa in this coastal city in northeastern Japan.
April 10, 2013
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--With Children's Day approaching, craftsman Hiroyuki Yoshida is busy creating traditional streamers in his restored studio, which was damaged in the ...
March 11, 2013
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--Two years after the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami ravaged towns and crippled the reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, resident...
March 07, 2013
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--Even after two years, Takashi Suzuki tries to keep control of his emotions as he prays for his daughter at the family altar each morning.
November 29, 2012
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--Homegrown "superhero" Jangara is used to battling villains, but he now has a new arch-enemy to confront: a perception that it is not safe to visit...
October 21, 2012
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--Seventy baby loggerhead sea turtles whose births were threatened by the aftereffects of the earthquake and tsunami on March 11 last year were...
August 20, 2012
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--Students from 15 senior high schools staged stunning performances of hula dance here to encourage residents battered by last year's natural...
August 17, 2012
High school students Minami Nagaike and Anju Matsumoto, who had to evacuate from Fukushima Prefecture after last year's disaster, are coming home, thanks to the hula.
June 04, 2012
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--A group of volunteers has been spray-painting colorful flower and fish graffiti on coastal levees and elsewhere to brighten up the city devastated...
March 11, 2012
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--Koichi Komatsu knows in his heart that his wife Emiko did not survive the tsunami.
March 06, 2012
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--Born amid the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake last year, little Runa Hoshiyama has had an unsettling first year of life.
February 07, 2012
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--Grass skirts and ukuleles are set to make a triumphant return to Iwaki.
December 07, 2011
Instead of standards such as "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," or Shakespeare, the drama club at Iwaki Sogo High School wanted to stage something edgier and darker, centered...
December 01, 2011
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture—The Shioyasaki Lighthouse was illuminated on Nov. 30 for the first time since it was damaged in the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake.
November 26, 2011
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--Eight and a half months after it was deluged by a tsunami generated by the Great East Japan Earthquake, a shopping center in Iwaki reopened its...
October 15, 2011
Some people use the onomatopoeia "gasari" to describe the sound of a newspaper being delivered to their doorstep, while others may say it sounds more like "goton" or "zusari."
October 10, 2011
A team in Fukushima Prefecture broke the world record for the longest futsal match by playing continuously for 37 hours.
September 30, 2011
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture?The hot spring resort made famous by the film “Hula Girls” will reopen at the start of October after being forced to close by the Great East...
July 08, 2011
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--Hoisting the Blue Peter maritime signal flag tells sailors: "All persons should report on board, as the vessel is about to proceed to sea."