Four Exhibits in Sendai & Ishinomaki, Japan
were held between May 1, 2018 and November 11, 2018.

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Aeon Mall Exhibit - Ishinomaki

Aeon Mall Exhibit - Ishinomaki

Aeon Mall Exhibit, Ishinomaki • November 3 to November 11, 2018

HighashiMatsushima Exhibit

HighashiMatsushima Exhibit

Higashi Matsushima Exhibit, August 24 to September 6, 2018

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Exhibit in Ishinomaki, Japan •July 28 to August 19, 2018

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Miyagi 1951

A Portrait of Coastal Japan Six Years After World War II by American Military Doctor George Butler

May 1, 2018 to August 26, 2018

at the

Sendai 3/11 Memorial Community Center

Araikutsugata85-4, Wakabayashi-ku 

Sendai-shi, Miyagi, Japan,984-0032

Hours: 10:00 to 17:00



In 1951, six years after the end of World War II, George Butler, then 40 years old, was called up by the California National Guard to serve as a physician during the Korean War.  While training for seven months in the Miyagi region of Japan, he took about 2,000 photographs while staying at Camp Matsushima, currently the Air Self Defense Force Matsushima Base in Higashimatsushima, Japan.

In 2013, Alan Butler, his son, began restoring the color slides and black and white negatives in the collection. About one hundred and thirty photos are being shown in this exhibit. They provide a rare portrait of the coastal area of Miyagi Prefecture in 1951. The photographs are a vivid picture of the region six years after the end of World War II and will be all the more poignant to those who experienced the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami, which devastated the region in 2011. 

Production Cooperation / Alan Butler,

Space Design / Kinya Sekimoto (Turnaround),

Public Relations Design / Hirokazu Watanabe,

Translation Supervision / Communa Inc.


※ In addition to exhibiting the photographs, we are seeking information about the people, locations and activities shown in the photographs.

※ Alan Butler also shares additional photographs on his website .

※ The copyright of the photographs is held by the Peabody Museum of Archeology Ethnology Museum at Harvard University.

Galleries of Photographs in the Exhibit

Click large Photo below to view Gallery • Click on any photo in gallery to enlarge