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PHOTO: Temporary eateries open in disaster-hit Kesennuma, Asahi Japan Watch, 11/13/11

KESENNUMA, Miyagi Prefecture–Under the motto “starting from a prefab,” operators and city officials have created a village of temporary restaurants in this tsunami-devastated city.

“Fukko Yataimura” (Stall village for reconstruction), a project to build makeshift restaurants, was planned largely by local store operators whose businesses were destroyed by the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.

“We will make a comeback by all means so that we can respond to the support extended by many people,” said Tsukiko Otomo, 59, who runs a ramen shop in the area.

The city borrowed a plot of private land for the project. The Organization for Small and Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation erected the structures. And Fukko Yataimura, the operator of a restaurant reconstruction project, prepared refrigerators, cooking ranges and other appliances.

Nineteen eateries opened on Nov. 12. Full-fledged operations at 22 are expected on Nov. 26 in the restaurant village.

About liz

from the u.s., recently moved from kobe to sendai, japan, researching community-based housing recovery after disaster.

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