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Poster project in progress to help March 2011 disaster-hit areas, kyodo, 1/30/12

      A poster project using photographs of people in 12 municipalities hit by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami along the
Pacific coast of Iwate Prefecture has been in progress to support reconstruction of the areas in northeastern Japan.
The project titled ”A Beacon of Rebirth” is run by Masahiko Sasaki, a 32-year-old employee of an advertising company in Morioka in the prefecture, and other people, and they are planning to begin domestic and international sales of the posters from March 11 this year, the first anniversary of the disaster.
After the catastrophic event, Sasaki and Ryuichiro Baba, a 36-year-old photographer residing in Tokyo, captured images of people
clearing away debris in four municipalities including Kamaishi and the town of Otsuchi.
Forty-seven types of posters created from the initial photos to go with some encouraging phrases have raised about 10 million yen including sales of the English version.
The previous posters mainly used images of one to five people per frame but for the latest project, which they started shooting
from December, they decided to use larger crowds instead.
In a photo shoot held on Saturday morning near the city hall in Miyako, about 150 residents gathered despite cold weather.
”I wanted to do something at least to help the reconstruction. I hope we could show people that we’re working hard to rebuild our town,” said Chiharu Aoyagi, a 19-year-old junior college student in the city who took part in the shoot.

About liz

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


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