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RSVP for "Moving Forward: Life After the Great East Japan Earthquake" Exhibition

After successful runs in Washington D.C. and Chicago, "Moving Forward: Life After the Great East Japan Earthquake" returns to Los Angeles. RSVP for opening events now.

In remembrance of the victims and in support for the survivors of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in northeast Japan, The Kahoku Shimpo, a local newspaper in Sendai, Japan, the UCLA Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies and the Fowler Museum at UCLA present a traveling exhibition to document the lives and stories of those in the affected areas, while illuminating the continuing efforts of a nation as it moves forward towards recovery.

The exhibition, which was previewed in Los Angeles at Little Tokyo Design Week in July 2011, officially opened in Washington D.C. in November 2011. The Chicago leg of the exhibition recently concluded at the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, and now, "Moving Forward" will make its way back to Los Angeles to open at the Fowler Museum at UCLA from March 4 to April 15, 2012.

A symposium discussing the disaster will be held at the Fowler Museum on March 10, 2012, from 1:30pm-3:30pm. Participants include Hitoshi Abe, UCLA Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese StudiesHideya Terashima, The Kahoku Shimpo; Malka Older, Save the Children; Junko Mabuchi, ADRAToshio Hirano, JEN; Masashige Motoe, Archi+Aid; and Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times. Reception to follow.

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For general information, contact Cindy Suzuki, special events coordinator, UCLA Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, at Suzuki@international.ucla.edu.

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This traveling exhibit supports Japan Platform, an international emergency humanitarian aid organization that offers prompt and effective emergency aid to refugees and victims of natural disaster through the U.S. Japan Council Earthquake Relief Fund. Online donations for relief are being accepted at www.usjapancouncil.org/fund. Funds will be disbursed to Japan Platform and other U.S. Japan Council supported organizations.

This exhibit would not be possible without the additional support of the hosting organizations including the Embassy of Japan, Washington DC, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel and the Fowler Museum at UCLA; our sponsors, The Japan Foundation; The Japan Business Association of Southern California; and the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles; and our supporter, the U.S.-Japan Council. Special recognition is also extended to the Tohoku Gakuin University Volunteer Station Translation Project team, Mari Ishida, Timothy Unverzagt Goddard, Nathan Smith and Saran Oki for their dedicated work.

To RSVP and learn more about the March 10 symposium and reception at the Fowler Museum at UCLA, click here

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