Tsunami-displaced Tohoku shops struggling to find solid footing

Mar 8, 2017

Tsunami-displaced Tohoku shops struggling to find solid footing

The revival of Minamisanriku Sansan Shotengai is a rare example of shops hit by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami being able to shift from provisional to permanent locations in the Tohoku region.The shopping arcade in the Pacific coastal town of Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, ...

Dec 31, 2015

Tohoku tomato farm sees itself as symbol of reconstruction

A tomato farm in the city of Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, is busy harvesting its fruit. Still in its first year of life, the venture aims to become a symbol of reconstruction in the zone hammered by disaster five years ago.The farm is located in ...

Miyagi teen savors first win at Iwate racetrack

Jul 15, 2014

Miyagi teen savors first win at Iwate racetrack

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A teenage jockey from Tohoku recently made her professional debut, achieving a long-held dream after having nearly abandoned her career following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.“I hope people (in my hometown) will step forward a little watching me,” said Mayu Suzuki, 18, from Kesennuma, ...

Bonito biz returns to Kesennuma

Jun 16, 2014

Bonito biz returns to Kesennuma

Kesennuma unloaded around 26 tons of “katsuo” (bonito) in its first catch of the season Monday in Miyagi Prefecture, bringing hustle and bustle back to a fishing port that was nearly wiped off the map by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.Kesenuma has led ...

Elderly perked up by Filipino caregiver

Feb 25, 2014

Elderly perked up by Filipino caregiver

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Laughter is often heard from some 40 elderly people who receive day care services at a care home in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, thanks to the presence of a Filipino worker.“When I speak in English, grandpas seem delighted,” Charito Ito said, revealing her secret for ...

Kesennuma knitters aim to build world-class brand

Oct 24, 2013

Kesennuma knitters aim to build world-class brand

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An effort to knit cardigans to help revive the tsunami-hit coastal city of Kesennuma in Miyagi Prefecture has evolved into a company of 20 people.The firm, Kesennuma Knitting Co., originally started as a project by Tamako Mitarai, 28, in June 2012. It now employs ...