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NHK Documentary: “Tracing a Path Out of Grief”- Coping With 3/11 In Japan’s Disaster Areas


Tetsujo Otani – Monk from the Yakusiji Temple


Published on 21 Jul 2013

Yakushi-ji Temple in Nara started a project in Mar. 2012, in an effort to help ease the sufferings of the survivors in Tohoku in a Buddhist way. Monks visit temporary housing complexes in devastated areas to hold “Shakyo” (hand-copying of a Buddhist sutra) sessions.

There, they face the survivors’ deep-rooted sufferings. They’re struck with a sense of helplessness, doubting what they, who are not victims of the calamity, can do to help. This is a story of a year with the monks struggling to find an answer in Tohoku, and the people there still with innermost sufferings who engaged in Shakyo.

Air Date 7/20/13

July 21, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Having read this I thought it was extremely informative.
    I appreciate you taking the time and effort to put this short article together.
    I once again find myself personally spending a significant amount of time both reading and
    leaving comments. But so what, it was still worth it!

    Comment by Rudolph | October 18, 2013 | Reply

  2. Hi the video is no longer available. Can you upload it again?

    Comment by David | December 26, 2014 | Reply

    • Alas no
      That was uploaded by Arclight. I don’t know how he did it or where he got it.

      Comment by Christina MacPherson | December 26, 2014 | Reply

    • NHK have taken the video down and it is not available elsewhere unfortunately..

      Comment by arclight2011part2 | December 27, 2014 | Reply

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