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A Clean Bill of Health for Kamakura’s Great BuddhaWaku Miller

Evoking Japanese aspirations of national renewal on the fifth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake is the newly refreshed visage of Kamakura’s Daibutsu, or Great Buddha. The iconic sculpture recently underwent nearly two months of diagnostic inspections, minor repairs, and inside-and-out cleaning at the hands of the National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Tokyo. It emerged on March 11 with a clean bill of health and with a redoubled radiance.

Forging New Links Through Literature

The annual Salon du Livre was held in Paris this past March 16–19, and Japan was the "guest of honor" for the first time in 15 years and the second time in the book fair's 31-year history. Before leaving for France, novelist Hirano Keiichirō, one of 20 Japanese writers taking part, talked to about the significance of the event and the role of literature in postdisaster Japan.

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