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Quake-Hit Cafe in Miyagi Connecting People through Jazz

Quake-Hit Cafe in Miyagi Connecting People through Jazz

   Kesennuma, Miyagi Pref., Sept. 10 (Jiji Press)--An old jazz cafe hit by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami is evolving into a venue connecting people through the music.
   Located in the port city of Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan, Vanguard has offered coffee and jazz to local residents for more than half a century.
   When the huge earthquake and tsunami devastated vast areas of northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011, the cafe was hit by tsunami but the building remained standing.
   The cafe reopened just four months later, after its former owners worked hard with others to get everything back in order.
   "A grand piano had been dumped across the street from the cafe, along with other miscellaneous stuff. The image never leaves my mind," said Kazuo Komatsu, 65, who now runs the cafe with Tomiyasu Imakawa, 70.

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