February 2024 Exhibition: 3.11 and the Road to Recovery
Photos by Mark Edward Harris
Feb. 3 – March 1, 2024

©Mark Edward Harris

On March 11, 2011, at 2:46 p.m., a powerful earthquake struck off northeast Japan’s main island. Less than an hour later, tsunami inundated the coast and surged inland. By the time the raging waves receded, more than 18,000 people had died.

In the weeks after the disaster, Los Angeles-based photographer Mark Edward Harris made his way to the eastern Tohoku impact zone. There he began documenting the disaster and the region’s determination to rise out of the rubble. While the lives lost on March 11, 2011, will never be replaced, Harris’s images show how the people of eastern Tohoku are rebuilding their towns and cities to safer standards as well as memorializing and interpreting that horrific spring day through state-of-the-art museums to educate future generations.

Japan holds a very special place in award-winning photographer Harris’s personal and professional life. He has walked the Nakasendo, hiked the Michinoku Coastal Trail, paddled the mangroves of Amami and Iriomotejima, climbed Mt. Fuji, bathed in countless onsen and sento for his book, The Way of the Japanese Bath. He has also documented the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in the middle of the pandemic.



Artist Reception
18:00 -20:00 Wednesday, February 14, 2024
1,000 yen per guest (includes one drink without food)
RSVP in person at the front desk, or at 03 3211-3161, or at front@fccj.or.jp
Cancellations accepted until February 12, 2024

Bruce Osborn (Exhibition Committee Chair)
Peter Lyon (Co-Chair)