Library:Retell Rethink Recover Exhibition Photos - Recover

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Here are some photos taken at the exhibition of the part of Recover:

This last section of the exhibition features materials from the Asian Library collection. These include works on the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and the subsequent nuclear fallout, as well as titles regarding past earthquakes and tsunamis in Japan. By displaying books on present and past disasters, this section highlights the resilience of the Japanese populace, which has withstood numerous disasters, both natural and man-made. In addition, material in this area highlights how the Japanese-Canadian community in Vancouver has responded to the disasters in Japan.

Some background information:
Orizuru, cranes made from folded paper, are an example of the art of origami, which originated in gohei and katashiro, folded paper decorations that symbolize gods at Shinto shrines (Japan Encyclopedia). Cranes have long been an auspicious symbol in Japan, where they are associated with longevity and good luck. For this reason, they are popular symbols at weddings and New Year celebrations. Senbazuru are groups of 1000 paper cranes strung together, and are considered a particularly auspicious symbol. They are still given as offerings or used to represent prayers at some shrines and temples (Nipponica). In modern Japan, however, senbazuru are associated with wishes for good fortune and health. They are given as gifts on happy occasions like weddings or births, or to those who have suffered a bereavement or illness, and popular folk belief has it that folding 1000 paper cranes will make a wish come true. Senbazuru are also a symbol of peace, and many thousands of them are displayed at peace monuments in Japan.

The Ishinomaki hibi shinbun: A Handwritten Poster Newspaper
In the immediate aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami, there were limited methods of communications for those in the regions most immediately affected by the disasters. In order to update residents about current conditions, the staff of one of the newspapers in the city of Ishinomaki, the Ishinomaki hibi shinbun (Ishinomaki Daily News), responded by creating daily editions of the paper on posters that were distributed to the evacuation sites. Unable to operate their production equipment due to damage and lack of power, the staff used newsprint stock to make a handwritten version of the paper which they then copied by hand and delivered themselves. They produced daily handwritten editions of the Ishinomaki hibi shinbun from March 12 to 17, when they resumed normal publication.

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