Sculpture donated to US tsunami victim's school

The Japanese Embassy in the United States has donated a cherry blossom sculpture to the alma mater of a US woman who was killed in the tsunami that hit northeastern Japan in 2011.

Taylor Anderson from Virginia was an assistant English teacher in Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture. She died when the tsunami struck the city in March 2011.

The sculpture was made to express gratitude for US support following the tsunami as this year marks 10 years since the disaster.

A dedication ceremony was held on Wednesday at Randolph-Macon College in Virginia to honor her and promote friendly ties between Japan and the United States.

Anderson's parents and the ambassador of Japan to the US, Tomita Koji, were among the attendees.

A student of the college, which offers Japanese education, said in Japanese that he wants to study hard so he can serve as a bridge between the countries.

Anderson's father, Andy, said that one of the principles his daughter lived by was that it is better to give than to receive, adding that when you give, you get much back, and that is part of what they learned from her life.

The Andersons set up a fund in Taylor's name to fulfill the wish of their daughter, who had wanted to be a bridge between Japan and the US.

They have donated books to 24 schools in Ishinomaki and other affected communities.