Hitoshi Abe, Moving Forward


Moving Forward: Life After the Great East Japan Earthquake 
Opens March 4 at UCLA's Fowler Museum

On March 11, 2011, a devastating magnitude 9.0 earthquake hit the coast of northeastern Japan, triggering a tsunami that sent waves as far as six miles inland.
On the occasion of the one-year anniversary of the disaster, "Moving Forward: Life After the Great East Japan Earthquake," on display at the Fowler Museum at UCLA from March 4 through April 15, commemorates the victims and the struggles of the survivors and highlights the reconstruction and recovery efforts. This exhibition is co-organized by the UCLA Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies and The Kahoku Shimpo newspaper and is guest-curated by Hitoshi Abe, chair of UCLA Architecture and Urban Design and director of UCLA's Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies. 
Featuring a series of large-scale photographs, short articles and videos, the exhibition focuses on the stories of those recovering in the Tohoku region, which was hardest hit by the disaster, and how the people of Japan are dealing with this difficult situation and helping one another in their day-to-day lives.
Arresting pictures taken by photographers for the local newspaper, The Kahoku Shimpo, in the hours and days following the quake and tsunami show the unprecedented destruction in the region. In one, a man and boy walk their bikes through the tangled mass that was once Otsuchi City. In another, a woman carries an elderly lady on her back as they head out of the now-unrecognizable city of Minami-Sanriku-cho. Yet other images captured in the days and months that followed reveal the hope and resilience of the people in this region and the recovery efforts that are now underway.
Several short articles excerpted from The Kahoku Shimpo are reproduced on graphic panels to offer a sampling of astounding stories: an emergency broadcaster who stayed at her microphone to broadcast evacuation warnings yet fled too late herself and perished; "memory search parties" that have sprung up to reunite loved ones with their keepsakes; and hundreds of thousands of volunteers from across Japan who have come to clear streets thick with rubble and sludge.
A half-day symposium presented in conjunction with the exhibition Moving Forward: Life After the Great East Japan Earthquake:
1:30pm - 3:30pm, Fowler - Lenart Auditorium Room A103B 
Hitoshi Abe, Director of the UCLA Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies and UCLA Architecture and Urban Design Chair
Christopher Hawthorne, architecture critic, Los Angeles Times
Malka Older, specialist in disaster risk reduction and emergency preparedness, Save the Children

"From Relief to Recovery"
Hideya Terashima, editor, Kahoku Shimpo

"Covering the Disaster"
Masashige Motoe, associate professor, department of  Architecture and Building Science, School of Engineering, Tohoku University

"The Status of Reconstruction in Sendai and ArchiAid's response: Architects Respond to the Devastation Caused by the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami "
Toshio Hirano, Senior Manager, JEN (Japan Emergency NGO)
"JEN’s Emergency Response and Ongoing Recovery Assistance"
Junko Mabuchi, East Japan Program Officer, Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA)
"In the Wake of Disaster"
Reception to follow