2 Years after the Quake – The World Remembers More than 18,000 Deaths

It was a dreadful date, March 11, 2011. It will keep on reminding everyone on his planet how important it is to treasure what is present and cherish the memories. More than 18,000 deaths have been confirmed since that moment when a 9.0 (magnitude by Richter) earthquake shook the northern parts of Japan and mostly the Tohoku region.

We shall not forget the Higashi Nihon Daishinsai, The Great East Japan Earthquake that caused so much fear, but most of all -brought people together.

Go below to see how the Japanese anime and manga world is celebrating the lives of those who couldn’t live after March 11, 2011.

Today, 730 days after the events of the earthquake and the devastating tsunami that brought down the Japanese power plant in Fukushima, Japan is as beautiful as ever, bringing happiness and pleasure to people from all over the world, disregarding age, gender and other differences.

On Sunday, in the Tokyo region and the Kanagawa prefecture, Doraemon statues were elevated as  way to celebrate life and the stability of Japan, even after that day two years ago. All in all, 100 statues will appear all around the affected areas until March 31, 2013.

Except for this, a special artistic collaboration named Zapuni is creating animations, videos in order to remind the people to take some time and care for the small children that were affected by the situation from 730 days ago.

Two original anime are being streamed online through youtube.

“Psychedelic Afternoon”
Music by Ryuichi Sakamoto and David Byrne

“Blossom”
Music: “Hoppipolla” by Sigur Rós
Animation Production: Yutaka Yamamoto “Yamakan” /Ordet

Zappuni is a collaboration between Yamakan, Ryuichi Sakamoto (Applesed, Gurren Lagann), Uruma Delvi, David Byrne and Sigur Rós.

The earthquake has passed, the tsunami is also a part of history (and they will always remain a part of it), but it is the people of Japan that are still here and are making us all happy with anime, music, movies and technology.

頑張れ 日本! (Gambare, Nihon!)

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6 Comments on "2 Years after the Quake – The World Remembers More than 18,000 Deaths"

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Chan-Chan
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great videos <3

Dandelion
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Amazing – the Japanese people and spirit. :)

Shounen
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Doraemon statues – cool :)

InStyleAkuma
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Psychedelic is a style that is not for everyone. However, “Blossom” is amazing and touching. Great way to remember.

Lulubel
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I thought of this myself…it is psychedelic indeed. And does not look Japanese at all. I know this is not a must in this case but I prefer the Japanese way to make animation.

BakaOuji
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You know this is not psychedelic, right?