Great East Japan Earthquake

photograph of Japanese books about earthquakes

Last month the world observed the first anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. As time passes since the Great East Japan Earthquake (2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami) some important and interesting records of this event are being added to the collection to support research. The National Diet Library has generously sent us some materials as part of their gift and exchange program, including in-depth studies of previous earthquakes and tsunamis in Japanese history. Recently I have also started to collect creative writings, such as poetry, fiction and literary essays, as well as personal accounts of those who survived.

Japanese Book News No. 71 (Japan Foundation) includes an article by Numano Mitsuyoshi, “Japanese Literature in the Post-3/11 Era: Is the “Future’s Door” About to Open?” which introduces some notable writings by:

To find resources at Ohio State on this topic, use these subject headings:

Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami, Japan, 2011
Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami, Japan, 2011 — Comic books, strips, etc
Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami, Japan, 2011 — Fiction
Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami, Japan, 2011 — Personal narratives, Japaense 
Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami, Japan, 2011 — Pictorial works

We also have works on other earthquakes in Japanese history under various headings, including:

Earthquakes — Japan

Kobe Earthquake, Japan, 1995

Kanto Earthquake, Japan, 1923


 

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  1. The terrible earthquake and following it tsunami are not forgotten by anyone. Creating a collection of creative writings in as well as personal accounts of those who survived will be something really touching and heartfelt, so I am really thanskful for sharing all that with us!

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