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Since the tragedies of the March 2011 Tohoku Disaster, the people of the disaster zone have revived the festivals and traditions passed down in their communities, such as performances of traditional Shishimai lion dances, finding in them spiritual strength and hope in their efforts for recovery. Calling attention to the vitality of the continuing recovery effort, here we present programs featuring the folk performing arts, local food culture, arts and cultural properties exhibits, and other endeavors, in the disaster-affected area itself as well as around the country. The folk performing arts and food culture passed down in local areas vividly express the way Japanese have come to view nature while living on islands vulnerable to frequent earthquakes, flooding, and tidal waves. These programs are intended to draw visitors to the disaster-affected area where they will witness the appeal of communities committed to the recovery process.

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