The 3-11 Disaster and Its Effect on Cultural Attitudes and Religious Practices in Northeast Japan
For this luncheon talk, Peterson will focus on the role of religious institutions—Buddhist temples, Shinto Shrines, and “New Religion” churches—and their practices during the immediate aftermath of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami and resulting nuclear crisis, as well as the slow recovery process in nearby coastal communities. The devastation of these religious institutions and the temporary altars constructed by people to memorialize their loss gage the scope of the disaster and how it created an unprecedented situation in Northeast Japan. Peterson's research challenges stereotypes of people living in this area while illustrating how, despite the preconception that most Japanese are secular, religious institutions, their practices, and the culture embodied by them kept the communities together when social and civic institutions were at their weakest.
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