Kizuna: Nikkei Stories from the 2011 Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

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In Japanese, kizuna  means strong emotional bonds.

This series shares stories about Nikkei individual and/or community reaction and perspectives on the Great Tohoku Kanto earthquake on March 11, 2011 and the resulting tsunami and other impacts—either about supporting relief efforts or how what has happened has affected them and their feeling of connection to Japan.

If you would like to share your reactions, please see the "Submit an Article " page for general submission guidelines. We welcome submissions in English, Japanese, Spanish, and/or Portuguese, and are seeking diverse stories from around the world.

We hope that these stories bring some comfort to those affected in Japan and around the world, and that this will become like a time capsule of responses and perspectives from our global Nima-kai community for the future.

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There are many organizations and relief funds established around the world providing support for Japan. Follow us on Twitter @discovernikkei for info on Nikkei relief efforts, or check the Events section . If you’re posting a Japan relief fundraising event, please add the tag “JPquake2011 ” to make it appear on the list of earthquake relief events.


Articles in this series

Kizuna: Nikkei Stories from the 2011 Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

Grateful Crane Ensemble’s Goodwill Tour to Tohoku, Japan

Soji Kashiwagi

“How was your trip to Japan?” 

It’s a question I’ve been asked several times since we returned from our Goodwill Tour to Tohoku last month.

Kizuna: Nikkei Stories from the 2011 Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

Three years after the Great East Japan Earthquake: Interview with Yoshihito Yonezawa the President of the Nanka Miyagi Kenjin Kai - Part 2

Keiko Fukuda

Read part 1 >> 

Stood speechless at the sight of disaster areas: We will keep doing what we can 

Soon we will observe the third anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake. In the faraway land of America, the Nanka (Southern California) Miyagi Kenjinkai has been engaging in charity activities with ...

Kizuna: Nikkei Stories from the 2011 Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

Three years after the Great East Japan Earthquake: Interview with Yoshihito Yonezawa the President of the Nanka Miyagi Kenjin Kai - Part 1

Keiko Fukuda

“I was so touched by people’s kindness I wanted to do all that I could to help others” 

The Great East Japan Earthquake has become an unprecedented disaster. Nearly three years have passed since the day of March 11, 2011. There was a widespread call for support all over ...

Kizuna: Nikkei Stories from the 2011 Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

Ai Love Japan 2014: Visiting Tohoku After the Quake

Michael M. Sera

After the “Tohoku Insights 2013” event at JAMsj [Japanese American Museum of San Jose] last year, I was inspired to visit the Tohoku area and see the aftermath first hand. My journey was made richer because I was able to visit the region with professional photographer and journalist Darrell Miho ...

Kizuna: Nikkei Stories from the 2011 Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

Rikuzentakata: A dos años del terremoto y tsunami de Tohoku - Parte 7: Emprendiendo la vuelta

María Laura Martelli Giachino

Lea parte 6 >>

7. Emprendiendo la vuelta

En Block 808, dos jóvenes que viven y crecieron en Rikuzen Takata (RT), Kinno Masaki y Shoko-san, comentan que hubo muchos jóvenes que decidieron irse de RT después de lo que pasó. Masaki-san lo pensó, pero ella no porque no ...

Kizuna: Nikkei Stories from the 2011 Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

Rikuzentakata: A dos años del terremoto y tsunami de Tohoku - Parte 6: Kesennuma y Ofunato

María Laura Martelli Giachino

Lea parte 5 >>

6. Visitando Kesennuma y Ofunato

En la reunión de los responsables del Festival Tanabata conocimos a algunos de los miembros de este equipo: Yoshikatsu Sasaki, Mikiko Nakamura, Oikawa-san (era tesorero de Kawaramachi Town), Yuko Kikuchi y Kunichi Kikuchi. También conocimos a Akihito Kasuga (estudiante voluntario ...

Kizuna: Nikkei Stories from the 2011 Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

Rikuzentakata: A dos años del terremoto y tsunami de Tohoku - Parte 5: La tradición del Tanabata

María Laura Martelli Giachino

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5. Esfuerzos para mantener la tradición del Tanabata

Desde niño, Yoshikatsu Sasaki participó en el Festival de verano llamado “Ugoku Tanabata Matsuri”, que se festeja el 7 de agosto de cada año en la ciudad de Rikuzentakata (RT), Prefectura de Iwate.

Kizuna: Nikkei Stories from the 2011 Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

Rikuzentakata: A dos años del terremoto y tsunami de Tohoku - Parte 4: En casa temporal

María Laura Martelli Giachino

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4. En casa temporal del Secundario de Takata

Luego de terminar el recorrido por la ciudad, la Sra. Okamoto nos invita a la casa temporal de su hermana menor, Junko-san, que se encuentra ubicada en el área del Secundario de Takata (Takata Koukou).  Viene a recibirnos cuando ...

Kizuna: Nikkei Stories from the 2011 Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

Rikuzentakata: A dos años del terremoto y tsunami de Tohoku - Parte 3: Áreas afectadas

María Laura Martelli Giachino

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3. Parte baja de Rikuzentakata: Áreas afectadas

Después del encuentro en el restaurante WaiWai, Keiko-san nos lleva en su auto para empezar el recorrido por la parte baja de Rikuzentakata (RT), afectada por el tsunami.

Kizuna: Nikkei Stories from the 2011 Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

Ohama’s Cloth Letter exhibition begins in Toronto and Mississauga

Norm Masaji Ibuki

After a long trek across the country, Linda Ohama’s Cloth Letter exhibition has finally arrived in Toronto and Mississauga, Ontario for the Christmas and New Year holidays. 

nikkei-plus

Nikkei Names: Taro, John, Juan, João?

Submissions accepted until October 31, 2014 >>

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