Monday, March 3, 2014

2014 3.11 Events in Boston

If you're aware of a 3.11 event that I haven't listed, please post a comment with a link to the event or details if the info isn't on a public webpage.

March 11, 2014 will be the third anniversary of the devastating triple disaster that Japan experienced in Tōhoku on March 11, 2011. Three years on, media interest in Japan and around the world has waned and the world's attention has moved on to more recent disasters.

Although they have made progress in the disaster area, some people are still living in temporary housing and it will take communities decades to rebuild and recover. Some people who lived in the nuclear exclusion zone will never be able to return home. It is still unclear what will happen to all the nuclear waste at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant and all the contaminated soil that has been "cleaned up" from surrounding areas.

Some groups in Boston continue to be involved in supporting Japan through this crisis and educating the public. If you're interested in learning more, please consider attending one of these events.

Talks @ Harvard

Harvard has been doing a great job of hosting talks year-round about the problems Japan is still facing after 3.11. Talks are open to the public, though inconveniently scheduled for people with 9-5 jobs. Some of the talks are posted on the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations Vimeo page.

The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster and the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ): Leadership, Structures, and Information Challenges During the Crisis
Kenji Kushida, Takahashi Research Associate in Japanese Studies, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University
Reischauer Institute Japan Forum co-sponsored with the Weatherhead Center Program on U.S.-Japan Relations

Date & Time
Friday, March 7, 2014
4pm - 5:30pm

Harvard University
CGIS South Bldg., 1730 Cambridge St., Porte Room S250, Cambridge, MA 02138
Weatherhead Center Program on U.S.-Japan Relations co-sponsored with the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies and the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Date & Time
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
12:30pm - 2pm

Harvard University
CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge St., Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), Cambridge, MA 02138
Location changed to: CGIS South Bldg., 1730 Cambridge St., Tsai Auditorium S010, Cambridge, MA 02138

Tewassa 3.11 Memorial Candle Event @ GrayMist

Tewassa, a Cambridge-based volunteer group that produces "message quilts" for schools and organizations in the Tōhoku region, will be holding a memorial event. Candles may be purchased for $5. Attendees will hear about the current situation in Minamisōma.

Date & Time
Saturday, March 8, 2014
2pm - 6pm

GrayMist Studio & Shop
364 Huron Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Public Transit & Parking
GrayMist is accessible by the 72 and 75 buses from Harvard Square. There is free on-street parking along Huron Ave.

Cranes on the Square @ Copley Square

This year is the second annual Cranes on the Square event organized by local teacher Tim Nagaoka with support from the Boston Parks & Recreation Department, the Japanese Consulate, and the Japan Society of Boston. Student volunteers will teach people how to fold origami cranes which will form a temporary public art piece in Copley Square then be collected and delivered to people in the disaster area.

Date & Time
Sunday, March 9, 2014
11am - 4pm

Copley Square, Boston, MA

Children of the Tsunami Screening 

Sponsored by the Tufts University Japanese Culture Club 

I'm told that Tufts will be holding a 3.11 event but details have not been finalized. I will update this post when I have more information. The Tufts JCC has been very active in raising funds and awareness of the aftermath of 3.11.

The Tufts JCC will be screening Children of the Tsunami, a 2012 BBC documentary. Tewassa will also be on hand to talk about our work and attendees will have a chance to decorate a square for our next quilt.

Directed by Dan Reed
2012 | 60 mins | Documentary 
On March 11th 2011 Japan was hit by the greatest tsunami in a thousand years. Through compelling testimony from 7-10 year-old survivors, this film reveals how the deadly wave and the Fukushima nuclear accident have changed children's lives forever. The story unfolds at two key locations: a primary school where 74 children were killed by the tsunami; and a school close to the Fukushima nuclear plant, attended by children evacuated from the nuclear exclusion zone.
Date & Time
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Tufts University

Visitors may park in faculty lots for free after 5pm. The closest parking lot is the Upper Campus Lot.

Arts, Friendship, and Tohoku @ Boston Children's Museum

Boston-based artist and art therapist, Minatsu, and students from Tohoku University of Art and Design will show art made by elementary and middle school students in Tohoku. There will also be hands-on activities.

Date & Time

Boston Children's Museum, The Common and 2nd floor bridge

I believe that you must pay admission to the museum to attend this event. Admission is sponsored by Target on Fridays from 5pm to 9pm and is $1 for ages 1 and up. On Saturday admission is $14 per person for ages 1 and up.


The MIT 3.11 Initiative is still active, unfortunately, I've been told that MIT is not holding any 3.11 events this year. (If this is incorrect, please let me know.) I was really hoping they would have a 3.11 event this year because last year's event was excellent. It included short talks from Professor Shun Kanda, Professor Richard Samuels, and Mio Yamamoto (a PhD candidate at the Sloan School who runs NPO World in Asia). I meant to write about it, but never got around to it.


Wellesley College is hosting a kabuki workshop and performance on March 11th and 12th, although it doesn't appear to be related to 3.11.

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