The world became aware of Tohoku, the vast north-eastern region of Japan in 2011 when an earthquake struck the region, leaving 20,000 people dead or missing.
The Circulo de Bellas Artes de Tenerife and the Embassy of Japan, present the exhibition ‘TOHOKU – Through the eyes of Japanese photographers’, which opens to the public next Monday, January 16, at 20:00 until 16th February. The exhibition, consists of work from 9 photographers all with different styles, covers 7 decades, and shows the cultural environment of its inhabitants their unique traditions and their way of life.
Following the earthquake in 2011, which triggered the tsunami that devastated much of the country’s territory, a process of reconstruction began, not only of its physical infrastructure, but also for its moral, human, historical, and cultural fabric. The Tohoku region, located northwest of Japan, was one of the most affected and therefore the one that required the most reconstruction.
As a contribution to this process, a collection of photographers with different styles were given the task of recording daily life, to make the world aware of the beauty of its natural environment, its traditions and its inhabitants. The object of this traveling exhibition, which has toured several countries, is to discover how life has progressed from a tragedy.
The Círculo de Bellas Artes de Tenerife complements the exhibition with a wide program of activities which, seek to bring the culture and traditions of the Japanese people closer together, these include workshops dedicated to furoshiki, origami, traditional clothing, literature, calligraphy and a week of Japanese cinema.
Tohoku is the north eastern section of Honshu, the largest island of the Japanese archipelago. Although it has a rather cold climate, it is very beautiful with abundant forests, mountains, rivers and the sea.