There are still 4,500 people missing almost a year after a powerful earthquake hit Japan on March 11, 2011. The following tsunami washed countless out to sea where they have yet to be found. More than 15,700 perished on that day.
The Japanese people have come back, with hope and friendships with other nations recovering from the disaster.
Within 50 days the trains that were twisted as the earth shook were back in working order.
Schoolchild clutching new school packs returned to school quickly with hope in their eyes.
The relief effort by International Aid agencies helped Japan speed to recovery, including a massive effort from Canada.
Today the Consulate General Eiji Yamamoto and Consul Masaya Otsuka along with Rui Umezawa greeted the media for a preview of a photo exhibit: Tohoku Region: Rebuilding for a Better Tomorrow
The exhibit along with artwork from children from the Kizuna Art Project highlights the tremendous amount of recovery that has taken place in just a year.
Yamamoto told those in attendance that this recovery could not have taken place as quickly without the help of the global community.
Today Japan is open for tourism. As the country recovers Japan's vast beauty and the resilience of its people make for a wonderful vacation opportunity.
The Sakura Room of the Consulate-General of Japan
Suite 3300, Royal Trust Tower
77 King Street West, TD Centre
Feb. 7 (Mon. ) to 16 (Thu.).
9:30 am to 4:30 pm (closed on the weekend)