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Photos from Fukushima and Elsewhere at the Japan Foundation

Photographer’s Mother taking a picture of The Kesengawa River, 2003 by Naoya Hatakeyama (Photo: Japan Foundation)

Photographer’s Mother Taking a Picture of the Kesengawa River, 2003 by Naoya Hatakeyama (Photo: courtesy of the Japan Foundation)

TO OCTOBER 6  Images, often of destruction and despair, became a major export of Japan’s Tohoku region in the spring of 2011, after it suffered a magnitude-9.0 earthquake, massive tsunami and subsequent nuclear emergency. But this northeastern portion of the country needn’t be known only as a victim of disaster. Thus, the Japan Foundation presents an exhibition on Tohoku’s environment, culture and people, as seen through the eyes of photographers from the 1940s to the present. Although the area, comprising Fukushima, Miyagi and four other prefectures, has a reputation as being more isolated and less developed than elsewhere in Japan, its rugged landscape and long history nonetheless make it a unique subject of artistic focus.  —Craig Moy

• The Japan Foundation, 131 Bloor St. W., 416-966-1600; jftor.org
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