Six parks in the disaster-stricken Tohoku region are to be reorganized into a single national park covering about 300 kilometers of coastline as a memorial to the devastation caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake.
Environment Ministry officials said they hope the park along the Sanriku coast of Aomori, Iwate and Miyagi prefectures will serve as a symbol of rebuilding efforts following the March 11 disaster.
Officials plan to set up hiking trails that could serve as evacuation routes in future disasters.
The park is tentatively named Sanriku reconstruction national park.
Eco-tours will be held to remind visitors of the extent of devastation caused by the quake and tsunami it spawned. Survivors will be on hand to offer first-hand accounts of the disaster.
Brazilian soccer legend Pele visited an elementary school here, to the delight of children and local residents affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.
Pele, known as “The King of Football,” offered a silent prayer for the victims of the March 11 disaster as he visited the Yuriage district of Natori in Miyagi Prefecture on Oct. 17.
The 70-year-old former player then joined an event at the Fujigaoka Elementary School in the city, giving autographs and presenting soccer balls to local children and adults. Some 200 people gathered for the event.
An officer and his wife at the U.S. Navy base in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, have launched a program to send unclaimed bicycles from the base to people in the Tohoku region who lost their cars and other means of transportation in the quake and tsunami disaster.
Peter Rush, 52, and his wife, Lydia, 55, spent two years at the Misawa base in Aomori Prefecture starting in 2006. The couple said they have fond memories of Tohoku and made many friends there.
Since the March 11 disasters, the couple have visited Tohoku four times to deliver carloads of relief supplies. The once-familiar landscape has totally changed, with many cars submerged in fishing ports.
The couple started to think about the many bicycles left unclaimed at the Yokosuka base.
Beached ship, surviving pine, broken seawall now summer vacation photo opportunities
A 100-meter-long freighter sitting on a pier, a crumbled seawall once dubbed the Great Wall, and the sole surviving pine tree out of 70,000 are some of the remnants of the March tsunami in Iwate Prefecture drawing visitors this summer vacation season.
Regional icon: Tourists visit a beach in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, on Monday to view the sole pine tree that survived the March 11 tsunami. The tree has become a symbol of the region’s recovery. KYODO
“I wanted to let my kid know the dangers of tsunami,” said Seiko Obara, a 48-year-old company employee from Tokyo who came to see the 4,724-ton Asian Symphony on the pier in Kamaishi with his 9-year-old son, Taichi, during their visit to his parents’ home in Hanamaki, also in Iwate.
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About 20 former English teachers and international relations coordinators at local government offices will revisit places in northeastern Japan, where they used to work, on a Japanese government program aimed at boosting tourism affected by the March 11 quake and tsunami, Japanese officials said Thursday.
As the first batch of the program participants, 14 alumni of the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program from Australia, Britain, Canada and the United States will make a weeklong visit to places of their former assignments in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures from Monday, they said.