Celebrating A Reconstruction Milestone in Tohoku & Remembering Canada’s Assistance
On May 26th, the City of Natori, Miyagi invited Canada Wood, the Canadian Embassy and Governments of Alberta and British Columbia to participate in celebrations of reconstruction after the devastating earthquake and tsunami of 2011. This marks an important milestone. Natori Mayor Yamada and city officials welcomed Canadian participants and expressed their heartfelt gratitude for the support of Canada in helping to rebuild their community. Under the Canada Tohoku Reconstruction, Canada built and donated the Dongari Anne Public Library and the Yuriage Public Market Buildings to the community. Local officials commented that thanks to Canada’s initiative and support they felt a tremendous sense of encouragement to move forward.
Recently, Natori has been making significant strides in rebuilding their community. The Yuriage market area is now more vibrant than before. Today, massive breakwaters have been finished and much of the community’s land has been raised up to five meters to prevent the occurrence of similar disasters in the future. A number of public facilities have popped up all over the community, including a new elementary & middle school, a Yuriage Trail Visitor Centre, a Memorial Park, a new library, public housing and community centre. It was wonderful to see our friends make such progress and as Canadians we were privileged and proud to be a part of it. Keep up the good work and keep the maple leaf flying, Natori!