Store owners in a tsunami-hit town in northeastern Japan have resumed their operations in a new shopping mall on elevated land.
Minamisanriku’s Sun Sun Shopping Village has been relocated from a temporary site that was used until the end of last year. It was widely regarded as a symbol of reconstruction from the March 2011 disaster, and has attracted about one million visitors since 2012.
On Friday, about 200 people attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Balloons were released to celebrate the opening. The new mall was designed by architect Kengo Kuma.
Visitors were offered free samples of crab soup as they looked around the 28 restaurants and shops.
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