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Send love to Japanese schoolkids on the one-year anniversary of the earthquake-tsunami, at the Japan Society on Sunday, March 11

Watanoha Smile Project

Sunday, March 11, marks the one-year anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Northern Japan last year, and the Japan Society is commemorating the occasion with a day of events it calls "One Year Later: A Day of Reflection." Perhaps the best part of that day are the two free workshops for kids. In the first, Children's Artwork from Tohoku (11am--5pm), participants take in an exhibit of artwork created by preschool kids in the area hardest hit by the earthquake, in the summer of 2011—smiling faces, sunflowers and hearts are just some of the works' subject matter. Also on display will be photographs of works made from earthquake debris by a set of elementary schoolers in Ishinomaki, in Miyagi.

In response to those images, children can draw pictures or write a note to express their thoughts and emotions; their work will be photographed and shared with people in Tohoku, and a selection of works will be hand-delivered to the region this summer. The second workshop, HappyDolls for Tohoku (1--2:30pm), lets New York kids design and create HappyDolls, expressions of hope and compassion that will be sent to children in Tohoku to let them know the world cares about what they've been going through. Preregistration recommended. Sun Mar 11 11am--5pm. Japan Society. All materials provided. Free.

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