Today’s post comprises articles and a video about the first anniversary of the Japanese earthquake. Some of the articles focus on pottery, some on fundraising efforts, while others fill us in on what is happening in affected areas generally.
“Kasama-Yaki (Made in Kasama)” by Yuki Kokubo, “An intimate look into the lives of two Japanese potters, and their reflections on life after the earthquake and tsunami disasters.”
England: Quake-hit village is boosted, This Is Cornwall – An earthquake appeal by Leach pottery has raised more than £34,000 for Mashiko pottery village which sustained much damage from Japan’s earthquake that year ago.
Japan: The Ides of March, Euan The Potter – A potter’s retrospective and update about the situation in Japan as it affects him. Euan Craig evacuated his family to Minakami… “Yesterday, Tochigi prefecture announced that harvesting of Shiitake mushrooms has been prohibited in Mashiko, Ichikai, Haga and Mohka due to unsafe levels of radioactive Cesium 134 and 137. ”
Japan: Tatsuzo Shimaoka Workshop Damage In Mashiko, Japan, Mashiko Pottery – “Our town is popularity known as the center of Mashiko-yaki pottery. Those of us engaged in pottery here have sadly seen our climbing kilns, electric and gas kilns, our various works that are our pride and joy, and our workshops sustain serious damage. We at the TSF firmly believe that, in order for Mashiko to regain its vigor, we should priority efforts to help repair and/or rebuild the damaged kilns. When the news of the damage Mashiko suffered spread overseas, many potters, who had once trained here under my later father Tatsuzo Shimaoka as their master, kindly offered to make contributions to help Mashiko. ”
Japan: One-year anniversary of the great East Japan earthquake and tsunami, Handmade for Japan – Anniversary post for an artist’s fundraising organization formed to aid the rebuilding effort in Eastern Japan. “More than 320,000 people are still living in temporary shelters with little prospect of gaining access to permanent housing anytime soon. This is equivalent to the entire population of St. Louis, Missouri. These people have also had to endure one of the coldest winters in recent years.”
United States: Tohoku earthquake anniversary, MadSilence – General commentary about the state of the areas affected by the earthquake. “Reconstruction has been complicated by disagreements over whether villages should be rebuilt as they were or, in some cases, abandoned or consolidated with others. Japan is still striving to help the thousands of pets that were abandoned after residents were forced to quickly evacuate areas around the Fukushima plant.”