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Mural by Young Earthquake Survivors at Narita Airport: "Dream Wall to the Future"

Mural by Young Earthquake Survivors at Narita Airport:

"Dream Wall to the Future" at Narita.

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A mural called "Dream Wall to the Future," drawn by children from the town of Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, is now hung up in the third-floor departures lobby of Terminal 2 at Narita International Airport in Narita, Chiba Prefecture, outside Tokyo.

The art project is part of the airport's efforts to assist with reconstruction in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake that struck the Tohoku region--which includes Iwate Prefecture--in March 2011. Around 200 students from Ofunato worked with Japanese artist Ayako Rokkaku, who lives in Germany, to produce the mural. They colorfully painted a field of flowers and a young girl on the giant canvas measuring three meters tall and eight meters wide to express their gratitude for the warm-hearted assistance the disaster zone has received from across the globe. They also want to send out the message that the people in the reconstruction zone will continue to hold their chins up high and do their best. The children stamped prints of their hands on the back of the canvas, as well.

The mural had been kept in Ofunato, but Narita Airport agreed to put it on display to tell the world the city's gratitude for the reconstruction assistance. The work will go on permanent display at a cultural facility in Ofunato after the airport exhibition comes to an end on June 30.

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