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NHK World Special: Standing Up, Moving Forward: Bringing Photography To Life

Promotional photo of Japanese photographer Mayumi Suzuki talking in front of a wall of photos.
Courtesy of American Public Television
Promotional photo of Japanese photographer Mayumi Suzuki talking in front of a wall of photos.

Airs Friday, June 17, 2011 at 11:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Three months after the Great East Japan Earthquake, Japanese public broadcaster NHK produced a three-part documentary series, "NHK World Special: Standing Up, Moving Forward," featuring people in the affected region trying to overcome the sorrow and recover from the devastation.

This episode features Japanese photographer Ms. Mayumi Suzuki, who lost her parents on March 11, 2011 during the Great East Japan Earthquake. Her father was a photographer in the town of Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture. His photo studio was swept away in the tsunami, but the tiled darkroom building withstood the disaster.

Ms. Suzuki, who now lives in Zushi, Kanagawa Prefecture, returned to her hometown to fill in for him, and decided to work to revive her father’s photo studio and help revitalize the town with her photos.

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