(3/6-5/5/2021) 10 Years After the Great Tohoku Earthquake


On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9 earthquake struck offshore of the Tohoku region in the Pacific Ocean, one of the largest earthquakes on record. It was followed by a giant tsunami, which in turn caused the nuclear disaster at the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. This disaster, collectively called the Great Tohoku Earthquake, or the Great East Japan Earthquake, caused an enormous amount of damage in Minamisoma and completely changed civic life here.

10 years have passed since that day. Minamisoma is moving forward one step at a time, but deep scars from the disaster remain to this day.

Thinking back upon the last 10 years, what happened, what people thought, how we found a road to recovery, we reflect on the legacy of the disaster and the words of the people at that time.

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we ask all visitors to wear a mask.

There may be changes to the exhibit schedule based on the situation surrounding the spread of COVID-19.

Exhibit Period

Saturday, March 6, 2021 – Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Closed Days


*However, the museum will be open on May 3 (Monday, holiday), and closed on May 6 (Thursday).

Entrance Fee

General: 400 yen (350 yen)
High school student: 200 yen (150 yen)
ES/JHS student: 100 yen (80 yen)

Note: The entrance fee for permanent exhibits is included.

Prices in parentheses () are for groups of 20 people or more. For more information on fees, please see the Guide to Visiting the Museum.

Free Entrance Days During the Exhibit Period

Children’s Day     May 5 (Wednesday, holiday)

Composition of the Exhibit

A stone monument known as the “Oraho Monument” was erected in 2012 at the Yasawa Shrine in Kashima District, Minamisoma, to pass down the story of the Great East Japan Earthquake on to the next generation. The museum’s special exhibit was composed based on the words carved into this monument.


Introduction of two artists who pass down the memories of the disaster through art

Okabe Masao

Katagiri Atsunobu

A Look at the Exhibits

Produced by Okabe Masao

Produced by Katagiri Atsunobu

Preface: Overview of the Earthquake in Minamisoma

1 “It felt like the sky and the earth flipped, the shaking was so bad. Then the ocean came at us.”

– Earthquake and Tsunami –

House destroyed by the earthquake (Odaka District)

Fishing boats washed ashore by the tsunami (Kashima District)

A Look at the Exhibits

A single pine tree in Kashima (specimen)

Photo of pre-disaster Minami-Migita area found amongst the debris

Destroyed guidepost and warped road sign

Messages written on a blackboard for the graduating students of an elementary school damaged in the tsunami

2 “The nuclear power plant exploded, and there was absolutely nothing anyone could do except run.”

– Nuclear Disaster and Chaos –

Evacuation site

Cattle barn pillar that was gnawed down

A Look at the Exhibits

Rice balls eaten at the evacuations sites (replica)

Gnawed-down cattle barn pillar (replica)

3 “People have been steadily returning, even though life is much tougher here now.”

– Life After the Earthquake –

Thought Tree: “I want to play outside soon. -Hina”

Gratitude for aid from the Japan Self-Defense Force

A Look at the Exhibits

Thought Tree: "What kind of future do you want?"

"Hometown rebirth" flag, "Let's start with thanks" flag

4. “We have to pass our story on properly.”

– What was lost, what was born, what we want to pass on –

Products sold by the high school students

In the rapeseed flower field

A Look at the Exhibits

Local dishes from the areas damaged by the tsunami and dishes that could not be made using local products due to radiation contamination

Information board and request box used at the temporary disaster broadcast station Minamisoma FM


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