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An art exhibit in Tokyo is showing 311 drawings of statues of Buddha by those who are still living in temporary housing in areas hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011, NHK reported on Tuesday.

The exhibit is held at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in Taito Ward. A group of artists in Tokyo visited disaster-stricken areas, including Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, and prompted the residents to draw with charcoal. Many of them say drawing Buddhist statues helps heal their feelings. The group has collected 730 such drawings so far, and aims to collect a total of 1,000.

“I’m glad if the exhibit reminds the visitors of the huge earthquake and if they think about the disaster areas,” NHK cited Renji Misugi, an artist who represents the group, as saying.

The exhibit will continue until June 27.

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