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Keiko Onodera (left), who wrote "Thoughts of a Zelkova," and Misato Kikuta, who illustrated the short story, in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, in October
Jan 28, 2024
Tree that saved eight from 2011 tsunami celebrated through storytelling
The zelkova in Kesennuma has gained popularity among locals owing to its folklore as a "protector of the people."
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Jul 22, 2021
Three spots in Japan will make your transition back to travel an educational one
With COVID-19 vaccinations ramping up, some people may be ready to leave their neighborhoods and go traveling again. Three spots in particular are good if you're into history.
Japan Times
Jun 12, 2021
The secret to this sake’s flavor? Aging it underwater
What started as an experiment has turned into a way for Otokoyama Honten brewery to recover from the 2011 Tohoku triple disaster.
Japan Times
Apr 4, 2021
Japan's 'manbō' moniker for virus measures under fire for minimizing crisis
The city of Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, has criticized the use of the word that can refer both virus steps and a fish that has symbolized the city's post-disaster reconstruction.
Japan Times
Mar 4, 2021
Ken Watanabe's support for survivors of 3/11 is a 'lifetime's work'
The actor's decadelong efforts to help survivors of the March 11 disaster include opening a cafe in Miyagi Prefecture and launching websites to solicit donations and words of encouragement.
Japan Times
Feb 22, 2021
Funding crunch hampers preservation of sites hit by 2011 quake
Officials say maintaining the sites has become an increasing struggle amid public apathy and drops in both donations and paying visitors.
Japan Times
Aug 14, 2020
Miyagi firm first to get sustainable label for bluefin tuna fishing
A fishery based in northeastern Japan has acquired the world's first certification for sustainable bluefin tuna fishing, according to the Marine Stewardship Council.
Japan Times
Jan 14, 2020
Ebisu statue, lost following 2011 tsunami, pulled from waters off Miyagi
A statue of Ebisu, the Japanese god of fishermen and luck, was pulled from the sea Tuesday and will be given a new home near the Miyagi Prefecture port from which it was swept away during the devastating March 2011 tsunami.
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JAPAN / Regional Voices: Tohoku
Jun 10, 2019
Tohoku residents try to keep memory of 3/11 quake and tsunami alive through VR and wreckage
Conveying the fear of when a massive earthquake and tsunami strike is no easy feat.
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LIFE / Food & Drink
Feb 23, 2019
Sameya: Making shark profitable and delicious
For his food truck, Sameya, owner-chef Takumi Takase has developed a delicious menu of dishes using shark meat from Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, providing a stable income for local fishermen.
Japan Times
Dec 27, 2018
Shop selling sharkskin products hopes to revive tsunami-hit Kesennuma, known for shark fishing
The owner of a shop specializing in products made from sharkskin hopes the business will help revitalize a northeastern Japanese city devastated by tsunami and fire following the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011.
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JAPAN / Regional voices: Chubu
Aug 27, 2018
University student cycles from Aichi to Miyagi to spread messages of hope from disaster victims
Kenshi Yamamoto, a 20-year-old university student from Toyohashi, Aichi Prefecture, made a 1,746 kilometer round-trip bicycle journey earlier this month to Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, to challenge post-disaster media coverage that he believes focuses excessively on depressing news.
Japan Times
Mar 8, 2017
In tsunami-hit Kesennuma, fishing industry recovers but scars remain
A stranger visiting the fishing port of Kesennuma today may not realize that six years ago it suddenly became the scene of massive, deadly devastation.
Japan Times
Feb 9, 2016
'Kesennuma and Memories of the Great East Japan Earthquake'
Feb. 13-March 21
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Jul 15, 2014
Miyagi teen savors first win at Iwate racetrack
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.
Japan Times
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.
Japan Times
Mar 5, 2014
Tohoku finding real recovery hard to come by
Yumiko Onodera is a survivor. She saw her town of Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, devastated by gigantic tsunami and ensuing fire from damaged heavy oil tanks at the major fishery port on March 11, 2011.
Japan Times
Feb 25, 2014
Elderly perked up by Filipino caregiver
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.
Japan Times
Jan 5, 2014
Rebuilding hope, one stitch at a time
Most of the 19 women from the tsunami-hit city of Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, who work for Tamako Mitarai's knitwear company had no professional experience as knitters.
Japan Times
Nov 22, 2013
Mayor briefs Indonesian leader on recovery
The mayor of a small city devastated by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami traveled to Indonesia this month to brief President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on the progress of the recovery effort.


Father's Day is said to have come to Japan around 1950, shortly after the establishment of Mother's Day.
The evolving nature of fatherhood in Japan