Earthquake survivors meet during the Kobe Luminarie
"This is truly a symbol of recovery,” said a tall boy as he stared at the "Kobe Luminaire" above him. “We need a symbol like this in Fukushima." The boy and his family, who watched the show in silent fascination, were part of a group of survivors of the two most devastating natural disasters in recent history. The little group comprised of 20 families from the areas worst-affected by the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and tsunami and several people who had survived the Great Hanshin Earthquake that destroyed much of Kobe. The meeting between the families was supported by the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) and All Nippon Airlines, who provided the airfare and gave the survivors a unique opportunity to share their experiences following the two big disasters.
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