"Waves at Matsushima" at the Sackler Gallery Honor’s Japan’s Beloved Pine Islands

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WASHINGTON.- Long revered as one of Japan’s most beautiful sites, Matsushima Bay endured the unleashing of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan March 11. Despite its proximity to the epicenter of the underwater earthquake, the site is one of the few places along the Sanriku coast that sustained less damage, mostly due to the buffering effect of the bay’s 260 pine-studded islands that lend the area its name. “Waves at Matsushima,” on view at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery May 28 through July 5 pays homage to this iconic coastal site. For centuries artists and poets have been drawn to the beauty of Matsushima and its Buddhist temple complex, interpreting the breathtaking landscape in words and images. Their paintings and prints not only record an area now altered by the recent earthquake and tsunami, they also pay homage to