Tanka after the Tsunami

Tanka After the Tsunami:  A collection of poetry, photography, and video that reflects the loss and hope of survivors.

Exhibition: January 28th-February 14th 2013

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Each week in Japan, new poems appear in newspapers. Following the disaster of March 11, 2011, thousands of readers submitted tanka poems to Asahi Shimbun, one of Japan’s largest daily newspapers. The poets: fisherman, housewives and loved ones testified to the physical and emotional damage left in the wake of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The earthquake measured magnitude 9.0, the most powerful ever to hit Japan. The resulting waves reached up 10 stories before rushing six miles inland, collapsing homes, shops, schools and temples. The Fukushima nuclear power plant was devastated. This exhibition seeks to remember the over 15,000 lives lost and to recognize the recovery and healing that continues today.

More than a year after the devastating events, Isao Tsujimoto, director of Studio for Cultural Exchange, assembled and selected a collection of 75 poems, 31 of which are on displayed at the Art Gallery, along with photo collages, live Japanese calligraphy, video, a cultural literary exchange, and a storytelling performance.

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