Jiji PressMINAMISANRIKU, Miyagi (Jiji Press) — A hospital in Miyagi Prefecture received a banner on Saturday created by children in South Korea to encourage the region’s reconstruction from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
The banner was presented to Minamisanriku Hospital, whose predecessor was devastated by the tsunami, prior to the eighth anniversary on Monday of the disaster.
The project was organized by a nonprofit organization carrying out disaster relief activities in the town of Minamisanriku and Fukushima Prefecture. The organization is based in Shizuoka Prefecture.
The 1.6-meter-wide banner included messages written in Japanese and Hangul, such as the word “reconstruction” and words of encouragement, and drawings of the town’s tourism mascots.
The organization held classes at a cram school for children in Bucheon, South Korea, on disaster drills and the 2011 disaster, after the 2014 sinking of the South Korean ferry Sewol.
About 70 children, who learned about Minamisanriku there, cooperated in creating the banner.
“We are grateful for people still taking an interest in the disaster and for the exchanges continuing,” Kazunori Sato, secretary general of the hospital, said when accepting the banner.