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In New York City, a series of events is looking back at the Japanese disaster of a year ago and ahead to the nation's future.
As part of its commemoration, the Japan Society has installed a photography display at its gallery on East 47th Street called "Memory: Things We Should Never Forget", which depicts the devastation and gradual rebuilding.
Other events include panel discussions analyzing Japan’s path forward and documentary film screenings.
Organizers say they wanted to bring the reality the tragedy to New Yorkers.
"You can get a little bit of a sense of the before and after. You'll see a whole gymnasium completely full of people - each family only allowed 75,000 square feet. Then three or four months later, half the gymnasium is empty. People have managed to go home. You'll see less happily an old gentleman looking for his wife. Then you'll learn that a week later her body was discovered. Then you'll see him returning to the site where they used to go together," said Japan Society Gallery Vice President and Director Joe Earle.
"We thought it would be wonderful if we could both educate New Yorkers about the progress that is made, as well as the progress that remains to be made, as well as find a way to show solidarity with people there," said Japan Society Director of Education and Family Programs Robert Fish.
The centerpiece of the commemoration is A Day of Reflection and Contemplation on Sunday, March 11 -- the day the earthquake and tsunami hit.
Immediately after the earthquake and tsunami, the Japan Society started a relief fund. To date, $12.5 million has been raised, helping out 13 non-profit organizations who are working in some of the hardest hit areas of Japan.
"We feel that it is very important to continue our support, strong support to be given to the victims in the affected areas," said Japan Society President Motoatsu Sakurai.
The entire series of events runs through March 20.
For more information, visit JapanSociety.org.