In Our Thoughts, One Year Later

The Japanese Culture Club at Tufts marks the first anniversary of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami

It’s been one year since the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Japan on March 11, 2011, and life still has not returned to normal for many victims of the disaster, which killed an estimated 16,000 people. In sympathy for their still-suffering compatriots, members of the Tufts Japanese Culture Club organized a series of events around the one-year anniversary to raise awareness of the continuing difficulties in Japan and to send messages of support.

The club arranged a photo shoot on March 7 on the Tisch Library plaza in which more than 100 members of the university community stood dressed in white and red, first forming the Japanese flag and then arranging themselves to create this message in Japanese: “Tufts Loves Japan.” Photos taken from the Tisch Library roof were sent back to Japan, says Kenichi Nozaki, A12, a member of the Japanese Culture Club.

The club sponsored other activities and events during the week of March 11, including letters and messages from Tufts students to students in Japan, as well as a panel discussion featuring Tufts faculty considering the implications of the disaster.

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