Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Emergency Relief

Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Emergency Relief (137th report)
Happy Birthday 3.11: Children born in the affected areas on 11 March 2011

[TOKYO, JAPAN, 27 December 2011]

The Japan Committee for UNICEF (JCU) is proud to announce the showcasing of photo exhibit and movie “Happy Birthday 3.11: The story of 11 babies born into the 11 March disaster their families”. The exhibition comprises the photos and stories of children born in the disaster areas on 11 March, the day of the disaster.

It is important to remember the treasures that came to life amidst such cruel circumstances on a day when so many other precious lives were lost. The children of 11 March 2011 are a sign of the love and care of their parents and the many others that have worked to protection children in the affected areas.

Kisei Kobayashi, the photographer for this project, commented, “There is nothing that so strongly reminds us of the future as a child without a past. My photos are a symbol of the hope that I have for these children.”

What future awaits these children five or ten years down the line? This exhibition encourages a “Build Back Better” approach to the reconstruction of the affected areas and in considerations being made with regard to the future of Japan. Each of the 34 picture panels, as well as the public commercial produced in parallel by JCU, were carefully chosen and designed with the support of Mr. Kobayashi and the numerous participating volunteers.

Special Happy Birthday 3.11 websitet » (Japanese only)

Photo exhibition: Happy Birthday 3.11: The story of 11 babies born into the 11 March disaster and their families

DatesDates Saturday 26 November 2011 – Friday 20 January 2012, from 10:00 – 18:00
(Closed on Sundays, holidays, Saturdays (excluding the second and fourth Saturdays of the month) and from noon on 28 December until 5 January.)
Location1st Floor of the UNICEF House
4-6-12 Takanawa, Minato-ku, Tokyo JAPAN 108-8607
7 minutes on foot from JR Shinagawa Station and Takanawadai Station on the Toei Asakusa Line
Click here for more information. (Japanese only)

For other versions of the video please see the Japan Committee for UNICEF channel on YouTube.

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