Tenth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai)

View of the Pacific Ocean from the Iwate Tsunami Memorial, Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture. December 2019. Photo: Fuyubi Nakamura
岩手県陸前高田市 いわてTsunamiメモリアルから眺めた太平洋 2019年12月

The Centre for Japanese Research marks today the tenth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai). After ten years, the recovery process is still ongoing and continues to impact many through a loss of livelihood and displacement, but also through forms of revitalization and renewal.


CJR organized and hosted a variety of perspectives on the triple disaster, starting with a forum on Japan disasters on March 17, 2011 and every year thereafter, including such events as a poetry reading by Yoshinaga Sayuri with Sakamoto Ryūichi in 2016, and “The Politics of Invisibility: Fukushima, 6 years after 3.11.” This year the anniversary is marked by an exhibition at MOA, “A Future for Memory: Art and Life after the Great East Japan Earthquake,” February 11–September 5, 2021 and an online tour of the exhibition on 3.11 itself, as well a panel discussion “Ten Years after Fukushima: Commemoration and Lessons for the Future” on March 17.


Today, we are reminded of the immense damage left by 3.11, the resilience of those impacted, and our connections to Japan across the Pacific.